Welcome to 2022-23 Florida Saltwater Fishing
Message from the FWC by Chairman Rodney Barreto
With more than one million registered vessels in Florida, our state has solidified its place as the Boating and Fishing Capital of the World. For those of us lucky enough to call Florida home, we understand the importance of working together to preserve our state’s natural resources for future generations.
As Chairman of the Commission that is responsible for managing and protecting fish and wildlife, I am proud of all our staff who work hard every day to provide residents and visitors numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. I am also proud of our law enforcement officers who are dedicated to protecting fish and wildlife as well as the public.
Summer is in full swing and that means there are plenty of months ahead to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waterways. As seasons for bay scallops, red snapper, and spiny lobster open to harvest, anglers can try their hand at an abundance of saltwater fishing opportunities from inshore fishing for species like spotted seatrout to offshore fishing for species like amberjack and grouper.
Whether you’re a new or experienced angler, you’ll want to check out our new free online course, Florida Friendly Angler. Fishermen can learn about fisheries management and up their fishing game by learning skills and practices that help ensure fishing opportunities for the future. The course is comprised of three self-paced modules that cover environmental ethics, best fishing practices, and fisheries management. You can register for the course at bit.ly/3yoIkG4.
We also offer tons of resources on MyFWC.com/Marine including information on current regulations, how to fish, saltwater fishing tips, where to fish, ethical angling techniques, boating etiquette and more.
Trying to figure out where to go? Check out our new Where to Fish page at MyFWC.com/Marine. Or use our website to search for an artificial reef, wildlife management area, boat ramp, or fishing pier near you.
We are thankful for all our customers and stakeholders who visit us online, via email, and in person. Let us know how we are doing.
This input is valuable, and we urge you to continue the conversation by reaching out to us at Marine@MyFWC.com, at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments or at 850-487-0554.
You can also help the next generation of Florida’s youth learn to fish by donating to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida (www.wildlifeflorida.org), our nonprofit citizen support organization, which is also working to conserve our reefs and estuaries.