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Welcome to 2024 Florida Saltwater Fishing

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Message from the FWC by Chairman Rodney Barreto

Anglers support conversation through best fishing practices

Rodney Barreto

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is proud to celebrate 25 years of managing Florida’s vast fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of the people. As Chairmen of the Commission, I would like to first thank each and every one of our staff, from our biologists to our managers and law enforcement, for their tireless commitment and dedication to conservation. It is a challenge and your perseverance in consistently rising to our mission is inspiring. I would also like to thank our stakeholders, as the FWC recognizes that our conservation successes would not be possible without the continued support of our angling community. Each time you use best fishing practices and follow fishing regulations, you are contributing to conservation and helping preserve Florida as the Fishing Capital of the World, and we thank you.

When getting out on the water this summer and fall, the FWC encourages our anglers to continue with us on our path to conservation by continuing to employee best fishing practices. This includes knowing the regulations for the species you are targeting, using the proper gear to bring in your catches efficiently, minimizing handling, and using correct release gear when appropriate. From stone crab to tarpon, and from lobster to snapper, these principles are applicable to all species you may interact with. Visit for more recreational fishing resources including species specific best fishing practices, how to fish, saltwater fishing tips, where to fish, and current regulations.

As always, we welcome your feedback on ways to improve our conservation efforts. Participate in our workshops and at Commission Meetings. Provide public comment at or reach out to us at [email protected]. It is with your continued support and engagement, that the FWC is able to embark on another successful 25 years of conservation.

Thank you Florida anglers!

Rodney Barreto
FWC Chairman