Florida Saltwater Fishing
H Spearing Prohibited
Must remain in whole condition (removal of gills and guts allowed).
u Measured as total length. Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the fish is lying on its side.
n State regulations apply in federal waters.
l Additional gear rules apply, please see: MyFWC.com
T Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook (any hook with two or more points and a common shaft) in conjunction with live or dead natural bait.
X Gulf reef fish survey required when fishing for selected reef species from a private vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
Issued: January 2020
New regulations are highlighted in red
(please visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing/Saltwater/Recreational
for the most current regulations)
Retainable Sharks with a 54″ fork length minimum H T
Blue, oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, shortfin mako (not illustrated).
Retainable Sharks with no minimum size limit H T
Finetooth, Smooth Dogfish, Florida Smoothhounds (not illustrated).
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
- 1 per harvester or 2 per vessel per day, whichever is less.
- The retainable sharks are managed as a group for bag limit purposes. In other words, you can only harvest one shark per day and the shark that you harvest must be one of the retainable species.
- Hook-and-line gear only.
- Effective July 1, 2019. New shoreline shark fishing permit and new gear/handling requirements, see MyFWC.com
- See list of prohibited species below.
Retainable Sharks with a 83″ fork length minimum
It is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell or exchange the following species:
Goliath Grouper (Jewfish), Nassau Grouper, Sawfish, Atlantic Angel Shark, Basking Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Bigeye Thresher Shark, Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Caribbean Sharpnose Shark, Dusky Shark, Galapagos Shark, Lemon Shark, Longfin Mako Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Silky Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Sandbar Shark, Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Smalltail Shark, Spiny Dogfish, Whale Shark, White Shark, Tiger Shark, Greater, Scalloped and Smooth Hammerhead Shark, Manta Ray, Devil Ray, Spotted Eagle Ray, Longbill Spearfish, Mediterranean Spearfish, Sturgeon, Queen Conch, Calico Scallop, Stony, Hard, Black and Fire Corals, Sea Fans, Bahama Starfish, and Longspine Urchin. Harvest of live rock in state waters is prohibited. Puffer fish harvest is prohibited in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties.