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State Reef Fish Survey

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing

Are You a State Reef Fish Angler?

Recreational anglers who fish for or harvest certain reef fish from a private vessel must obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation. This designation allows for FWC to collect information about recreational reef fish directly from the people that fish for these species as part of the State Reef Fish Survey (SRFS).

Who needs to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation?

Anyone 16 and older (including those over 65) on a private boat who intends to recreationally fish for or harvest any of the following reef fish species:

  • mutton snapper
  • yellowtail snapper
  • hogfish
  • red snapper
  • vermilion snapper
  • gag grouper
  • red grouper
  • black grouper
  • greater amberjack
  • lesser amberjack
  • banded rudderfish
  • almaco jack
  • gray triggerfish

Learn more at MyFWC.com/SRFS.

How do I sign up?

Sign up for the State Reef Fish Angler designation anywhere saltwater fishing licenses are sold (GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, Fish|Hunt FL mobile app, 1-888-FISHFLORIDA (347-4356), or at tackle shops, sporting goods stores, and tax collectors’ offices).

If you are a Gulf Reef Fish Angler, you do not need a State Reef Fish Angler designation until your current Gulf designation expires.

What happens once I have the State Reef Fish Angler designation?

Each month, a group of State Reef Fish Anglers will be mailed a short survey about their fishing trips. If you receive a survey, please respond and return it ASAP, even if you did not fish that month.

In addition, if you are asked by an FWC biologist at the dock or ramp to give an interview, please take a few minutes to answer questions about your fishing trip and catch.

Better, more precise data provides a clearer picture of the health of reef fish stocks throughout the state and helps ensure the long-term sustainability of recreational fishing in Florida. Your participation is crucial to the success of these efforts!