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This publication is provided as a guide to Florida fishing laws and regulations. The Florida Administrative Code is the final authority on fishing laws. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) strives to ensure information in this booklet is accurate, but assumes no liability for any errors that occur in this publication. Contact the FWC if you have any questions on issues not covered in this booklet. A continuously updated electronic version of this publication is available here.

How your license fee helps

The money collected from saltwater fishing licenses is used to improve and restore fish habitat and for marine fisheries research, law enforcement and public education on marine resources.

An additional $.50 fee will be charged for any license or permit not purchased directly from the county tax collector.

Obtain immediate license privileges, 24 hours a day, at or by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA(347-4356). Processing fees will apply to telephone and Internet sales.

2013 Commission meeting dates and locations

Subject to change regarding availability of appropriate facilities to hold the meeting.

  • February 13–14, 2013 ­— Orlando
  • April 17–18, 2013 ­— Tallahassee
  • June 19–20, 2013 ­— Lakeland

For more information about Commission meeting dates, times, locations and agendas, visit our website at and click on “About” and “Commission Meetings” on the top of the page.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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