Commissioner’s Message

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing

Some of the fondest childhood memories are made on or near the water. There’s something about catching that first fish with family that creates a passion for conservation and for exploring outdoors. This is one of the many reasons we are promoting fishing across generations on our cover this edition. Mentoring the kids in your life by taking them fishing is one of the most important things you can do for conservation. Teach them how to tie the perfect knot. Show them how to land that big fish, or how to release it so it can be caught another day. Buy them a fishing license and some tackle, which both help contribute to conservation through programs like Sport Fish Restoration (SFR), helping provide access via boat ramps, artificial reefs and more. If you picked up this book in hopes of learning more about how to fish, consider coming to one of our many Sport Fish Restoration funded saltwater fishing clinics (we have them for adults and kids). Cultivate interest by participating in our saltwater angler recognition program Catch a Florida Memory, which rewards anglers for their fishing efforts. Create tomorrow’s conservationists. Make memories. Take a kid fishing.

For more information, contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at Marine@MyFWC.com or 850-487-0554.