April marks the start of the season for jumping sturgeon. These large fish mostly congregate in deep areas of the Suwannee River, but they can be found anywhere in the river. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker says to be cautious during this time of year, for an encounter with a jumping sturgeon can be dangerous. Parker adds the fish will be around until the September, October time frame. She says the best way to deal with the prescence of the sturgeon is to take it slow while on the Suwannee.
Florida's citrus season will produce enough oranges to fill 81.5 million 90-pound boxes this year, down nearly 16 percent from the prior season. A major cause for the decrease in oranges has been citrus greening, a disease that is deadly to the crop.