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Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations

Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations

Florida offers incredible fishing for freshwater and saltwater anglers alike. Before you hit the water, check the latest regulations to ensure you’re compliant with current licensing requirements, species limits, and more.

*Florida recreational saltwater fishing regulations courtesy of FWC:

Here are some requirements for marine life (aquarium species) harvest:

  • Recreational saltwater fishing license
  • Organisms must be landed and kept alive
  • A continuously circulating live well, aeration or oxygenation system of adequate size to maintain these organisms in a healthy condition
  • Allowable Gear: hand-held net, drop net, rod, barrier net, slurp gun (use of quinaldine is prohibited)*
  • Bag Limit: 20 organisms per person per day; only 5 of any one species allowed within the 20-organism bag limit
  • Possession Limit: 2-day possession limit, 40 total organisms, no more than 10 of any one species allowed
  • Allowable substrate: see species specifications in table
  • Closed areas: Some closed areas exist**
  • Sale of recreationally caught marine life organisms prohibited
  • Regulations also apply in federal waters

* Some organisms have additional gear limitations

** Various closed areas exist. See regulations for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Florida’s State Parks before collecting in these areas.

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