Recreational Marine Life Harvest
Recreational Marine Life Harvest:
- Recreational saltwater fishing license
- Organisms must be landed and kept alive
- A continuously circulating live well, aeration or oxygenation system of adequate size to maintain these organisms in a healthy condition
- Allowable Gear: hand held net, drop net, rod, barrier net, slurp gun (use of quinaldine is prohibited)*
- Bag Limit: 20 organisms per person per day; only 5 of any one species allowed within the 20-organism bag limit
- Possession Limit: 2-day possession limit, 40 total organisms, no more than 10 of any one species allowed
- Allowable substrate: see species specifications in table
- Closed areas: Some closed areas exist**
- Sale of recreationally caught marine life organisms is prohibited
- Regulations apply in federal waters
* Some organisms have additional gear limitations, see chart.
** Various closed areas exist. See regulations for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Floridas State Parks before collecting in these areas.
Additional rules apply to the collection of shells containing live organisms in Lee or Manatee counties.
See MyFWC.com for FAQs about marine life harvest and information about collecting shells with live organisms.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.