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.

Thank you for contributing to conservation

Your purchases of fishing equipment, motorboat fuel and fishing licenses help improve fishing and boating opportunities in Florida! Through the Sport Fish Restoration program, a federal “user-pay, public-benefit” system of conservation, millions of dollars in funding each year go toward fisheries research, stock enhancement, artificial reefs, boating access improvements, angler outreach and aquatic education. To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Sport Fish Restoration.”

2019 Commission meeting dates and locations

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

  • February 20-21, 2019 (North Central Region)
  • May 1-2, 2019 (Tallahassee/Havana)

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.