(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing® reminds Florida anglers to take advantage of the upcoming license-free saltwater fishing day on Saturday, September 2. On this day, state residents and visitors can enjoy recreational fishing in state saltwater fisheries without having to purchase a license.
The license-free fishing day coincides with the last four days of this year’s Gulf red snapper season in state and federal waters, taking place on Friday, September 1 through Labor Day on Monday, September 4. Eight total license-free fishing days are approved by Governor Rick Scott and offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) each year.
“Florida’s upcoming license-free fishing day is a chance for parents without a license to introduce their kids to sportfishing, and for experienced anglers to share their passion for fishing with a friend who may not yet have a license. Thank you to Governor Scott and the FWC for their commitment to providing ways for young people and novice anglers to get outside, get active and discover a love for fishing,” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing.
“With license-free fishing falling on the last few days of Gulf red snapper season and a holiday weekend, it’s a wonderful time for anglers to experience Florida’s iconic saltwater fisheries. We look forward to the economic benefit that this will have on our state’s coastal economies,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.
According to the FWC website, “On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents). All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply.”
Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World,” with more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to state conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.
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Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association with the goal of ensuring Florida anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both. Learn more at www.KeepFloridaFishing.org. Find Keep Florida Fishing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.