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.”

About licenses and permits

The money collected from saltwater fishing licenses and permits is used to improve and restore fish habitat and for marine fisheries research, law enforcement and public education on marine resources. Recreational licenses and permits, including reprints, are available at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, tax collectors’ offices, license agents, or by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Handling fees apply to telephone and Internet sales. See more information on Licenses & Permits.

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/SFR

Upcoming events (subject to change)

  • Jan. 24–26, 2020: Jacksonville Boat Show
  • Feb. 6–17, 2020: Florida State Fair, Tampa
  • Feb. 14–16, 2020: Big Boy Toyz, Punta Gorda
  • March 14–15, 2020: Florida Sportsman Expo, Ft. Myers
  • March 20–23, 2020: News Channel 8 Outdoor Expo and Boat Show, Tampa
  • July 14–17, 2020: ICAST, Orlando

2020 Commission meeting dates and locations

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

  • February 19–20, 2020
  • May 13–14, 2020
  • July 22–23, 2020
  • October 7–8, 2020
  • December 16–17, 2020

*Dates subject to change

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.