Florida Saltwater Fishing
Join the nation’s largest conservation law enforcement agency—become an FWC law enforcement officer. For more information contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-866-FWC-HIRE (392-4473) or visit MyFWC.com/Law
- To purchase fishing licenses:
- FWC Division of Law Enforcement
- To report fish and wildlife law violations, call the Wildlife Alert Hotline:
- FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
- To report fish kills:
- To report fish tags:
- To report sawfish sightings:
- Bird entanglement
727-391-6211 for Tampa area
- Red tide information hotline
866-300-9399 toll free in Florida
- Aquatic toxins hotline: 888-232-8635
- Shellfish harvesting questions
- To report lionfish sightings:
How to Recycle Your Fishing Line
Fishing is one of Florida’s signature pastimes. However, fishing line and other tackle can cause problems when they enter Florida’s aquatic environment.
Monofilament is the most common type of fishing line and is not biodegradable, lasting up to 600 years depending on environmental conditions. Because it is thin and often clear, it is very difficult for birds and animals to see. This can lead to them easily becoming entangled, resulting in different types of injuries.
You can do your part to help prevent these issues by avoiding snags and properly disposing of used fishing line through our Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP).
MRRP is an innovative statewide project dedicated to reducing damage caused by monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing line through cleanup events and a network of recycling bins and drop-off locations.
Place your used monofilament or fluorocarbon in one of the PVC MRRP bins found at many boat ramps and piers. These bins are monitored regularly by individuals or organizations that have adopted them. Many tackle shops also act as convenient line recycling drop off locations.
Once the monofilament and fluorocarbon is collected from recycling bins and cleaned by volunteers, it is then shipped to the Berkley Pure Fishing company in Iowa. Berkley melts the line down into plastic pellets that are made into other products such as tackle boxes, spools for line, and fish habitats.
Disposing of Non-monofilament Line and Tackle
To discard non-monofilament line, such as braid or wire, cut the line into 12-inch or smaller pieces and place into a covered trash receptacle. Line placed in trash receptacles without lids can blow out into the environment and entangle wildlife. When disposing of tackle such as hooks and lures, it is important to clip off sharp points to avoid injuring humans and wildlife. As part of the “Pitch It” campaign, soft plastic baits with the hook or jig head removed can be discarded in special program containers that are separate from monofilament recycling bins. Learn more about soft bait disposal and the “Pitch It” campaign by visiting Pledgetopitchit.org.
Visit MRRP.MyFWC.com or email Marine@MyFWC.com for more information on how to:
- Build your own Monofilament Recycling Bin
- Adopt a Monofilament Recycling Bin
- Volunteer at a local cleanup or host your own
- Educate others about the importance of fishing line recycling
The FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement patrols Florida’s coastal waters to provide assistance to boaters and anglers as well as to enforce Florida’s saltwater fishing and boating laws. FWC officers assist boaters who are in distress, provide advice and direction to those who are traveling Florida’s coastline and waterways, and may issue citations for violations of state and federal fishing, wildlife and boating laws.
In emergencies or if state fisheries, wildlife or boating laws are being violated, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or for cell phone users throughout the state, dial *FWC (*392) depending on your location, hail on VHF Channel 16 or report violations via text message. Most cell phones allow users to send text messages directly to an email address. You can text Tip@MyFWC.com; standard usage fees may apply.