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General Information

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing

Introduction

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.

2017 Commission meeting dates and locations

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

  • July 10–11, 2017 – Orlando
  • September 27–28, 2017 – Okeechobee
  • December 6–7 – Gainesville

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.

2017 Shows and Events

Visit the FWC booth at these upcoming events to pick up your copy of the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations and Fishing Lines: An Angler’s Guide to Florida’s Marine Resources. For more information call 850-487-0554 or visit
MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” and “Outreach and Education Programs.”

Shows and Expositions

  • July 11–14, ICAST, Orlando
  • October 7–8, Florida Sportsman Expo, Tampa
  • October 21, FWRI’s Marine Quest,
    St. Petersburg

Kids’ Fishing Clinics

Kids’ Fishing Clinics will be held in the fall. Dates and locations were not determined at the time of this printing. For more information, contact 850-487-0554.

Women’s Fishing Clinics

Women’s Fishing Clinics will be held July through December. Dates and locations were not determined at the time of this printing. For more information, contact 850-487-0554.