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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.

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Join the nation’s largest conservation law enforcement agencybecome 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:
    888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356)
    License.MyFWC.com
  • FWC Division of Law Enforcement
    888-404-FWCC (3922)
  • For up-to-date information on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill please visit MyFWC.com/OilSpill
  • To report fish and wildlife law violations, call the Wildlife Alert Hotline:
    888-404-FWCC (3922)
  • FWC Fish and Wildlife
    Research Institute

    727-896-8626
    MyFWC.com/Research
  • To report fish kills:
    800-636-0511
  • To report fish tags:
    800-367-4461
    TagReturn@MyFWC.com
  • To report Sawfish sightings:
    941-255-7403
    sawfish@MyFWC.com
  • Bird Entanglement
    888-404-3922
    727-391-6211 for Tampa area
  • To request Tarpon DNA Sampling Kits:
    800-367-4461
    TarponGenetics@MyFWC.com
  • Red Tide Information Hotline
    866-300-9399 toll free in Florida
    727-552-2488 nationwide
  • Aquatic Toxins Hotline
    888-232-8635
  • Shellfish Harvesting Questions
    FDACS, 850-488-5471
    www.floridaaquaculture.com
  • To report Lionfish sightings,
    please visit
    MyFWC.com/Reportlionfish
    or call 1-877-786-7267

 

 

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