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Fish Tags

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tags and releases thousands of fish per year in an effort to study their movement patterns, growth and survival. Participating in this research is a great way to get involved in citizen science, plus you will receive a free T-shirt!

There are four options to quickly and easily report tagged reef fish:

  • Call our Angler Tag Return Hotline at 1-800-367-4461
  • Email
  • Report using the FWC Reporter mobile application (available in Google Play and iTunes)
  • Send to our mailing address:

Stock Enhancement Research Facility

14495 Harllee Road

Port Manatee, FL 34221

When reporting a tagged fish, please remember to include the following crucial information:

  • Your name, mailing address, phone number and T-shirt size
  • Tag color, prefix and number (e.g. FDxxxxx, ECxxxxx, FWCxxxx)
  • Date and location of capture
    • Latitude and longitude of capture
    • Departure Port/City
    • Caught in: (Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Coast, FL Keys)
  • Fish length (pinched total length) and species
  • Was fish harvested or released?
  • If released, was tag removed?
  • Type of vessel (charter, headboat, private, commercial)

If you are not planning to harvest the tagged fish, please release the fish with tag intact if possible. Subsequent recaptures by other anglers will help inform fishery managers on the status of our fisheries. To learn more about our reef fish tagging efforts, please visit and click on “Saltwater” and “Fish Tags.”