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Florida Fishing Regulations        Regulaciones de Pesca en Florida

Reprinted from Fishing Lines, A Quarterly Newsletter from the division of Marine Fisheries, Issue Thirteen, January 2000. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Marine Fisheries, 629 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, Fl., 32399-1600. 

According to Florida State Law, anyone who takes, attempts to take, or possesses marine fish for noncommercial purposes must have a saltwater fishing license. Licenses are sold at all county tax collectors offices and many bait and tackle shops. Licenses may also be obtained over the phone at 1-888-347-4356. Licenses obtained through the 888 number are charged an additional $3.95 for the service. To obtain any other recreational licensing information, call (850) 488-3461.

Florida residents (a US citizen who has resided in the state for one year, and six months in the county prior to issuance of the license, or any member of the US Armed Forces stationed in the state) may buy a lifetime saltwater fishing license or a lifetime sportsman license. Holders of lifetime saltwater fishing licenses may fish in salt water as long as they live and will pay no additional fees. The license fee includes the taking of snook or crawfish- which would otherwise require a separate fee. A lifetime sportsman license allows holders to fish in fresh water or salt water and to hunt in Florida. Both of these licenses require holders to obey fishing or hunting laws in effect at any given time. 

You do not need a license if:

You are a Florida resident fishing from land or a structure fixed to the land- a pier, bridge, dock, floating dock, jetty or similar structure- but not from a boat.

A Florida resident- 65 years old or older.

A Florida resident who is a member of the US Armed Forces, who is not stationed in this state, while on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders. This does not include family members. 

A Florida resident who is fishing for mullet in fresh water- with a valid Florida fresh water fishing license. 

A Florida resident who is fishing for saltwater fish in fresh water from land or from a structure fixed to the land.

Under 16 years of age.

Fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel fishing license.

A non resident fishing from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.

A holder of a valid commercial saltwater products license. (only one person fishing under a vessel saltwater products license may claim the exemption on the vessel for which the saltwater products license is registered.)

Any person who has been accepted as a client for developmental services by AHCA, or any licensed provider of services through contract with AHCA, where such service involves the need, normally, for possession of a saltwater fishing license and such service is provided as part of a court-decided rehabilitation program involving training in Florida's aquatic resources.

A Florida resident who is certified permanently and totally disabled may obtain a "disabled persons certificate" at no charge from a county tax collector which allows them to fish in both saltwater and freshwater. 

License fees:     A subagents fee of $0.50 is charged for any license or permit not purchased directly from the county tax collector.

Florida Resident Licenses    One Year    $13.50    Five Year    $61.50

Lifetime Saltwater Fishing License    Age 0-4    $126.50    Age 5-12    $226.50    Age 13-64    $301.50    

Lifetime Sportsman License    Age 0-4    $401.50    Age 5-12    $701.50    Age 13-63    $1001.50

Non-Resident License    3 Day License    $6.50    7 Day License     $16.50    One Year License    $31.50

Additional Privilege Permit    Snook permit    $2.50    Crawfish permit    $2.50

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