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/Saltwater/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 License.MyFWC.com or by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Processing fees will apply to telephone and Internet sales.
Subject to change regarding availability of appropriate facilities to hold the meeting.
For more information about Commission meeting dates, times, locations and agendas, visit our website at MyFWC.com and click on “About Commission Meetings” on the top of the page.
September 1st is the last remaining “license-free” saltwater fishing day of 2012.
This day was selected because it is the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, when many people take time off to celebrate the traditional end-of-summer holiday. Florida is the saltwater fishing capital of the country, and we hope this free fishing day helps even more people find out why. The license-free fishing designation applies only to recreational saltwater fishing and all bag limits, size limits and seasonal restrictions apply.
For more information on saltwater fishing in Florida, please visit MyFWC.com/Fishing.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.