General Information

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing


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 at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.”

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 GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Processing fees will apply to telephone and Internet sales.

By purchasing a fishing license, fishing equipment and motorboat fuel, you also support the Sport Fish Restoration program, a user-pay public-benefit system that funds sport fish conservation projects.

2018 Commission meeting dates and locations

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

  • September 26–27, 2018 – Tallahassee
  • December 12–13, 2018 – St. Augustine

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

Share your marine fisheries comments on new saltwater commenting webpage!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management wants to hear from you. In an effort to keep stakeholders informed and to gather public input on upcoming issues, a new webpage has been created: MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

Keep track of items expected to be discussed by the Commission in future meetings and provide your thoughts on fishery management in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles in the Atlantic and shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf) by visiting the new webpage.

To comment, fill out the form at the bottom of the commenting page. Comments can also be emailed to Marine@MyFWC.com or submitted over the phone at 850-487-0554.

Have a question instead of a comment?

Email Marine@MyFWC.com, call 850-487-0554 or send your question in via Ask FWC.