Florida Hosts License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day September 1

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing invites Florida residents and visitors to start their Labor Day weekend by participating in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission‘s (FWC) saltwater license-free fishing day on Saturday, Sept. 1. This is one of eight license-free fishing days offered by FWC and approved by Gov. Rick Scott.

“September 1 is a unique license-free fishing day, not only because it brings family and friends together for the Labor Day holiday weekend but it also coincides with National Fishing Month, which ends on Sunday, Sept. 2. We thank FWC and Gov. Scott for giving Florida residents and visitors the opportunity to explore Florida’s coastal waters by offering license free fishing days,” said Gary Jennings, director of Keep Florida Fishing

“License-free fishing days are a great way for people to learn just why Florida is the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’. With 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline throughout the state, we invite you out to find your very own spot on the map where the fish are biting, and celebrate this Sunshine State tradition with us,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fisheries policy director of the American Sportfishing Association.

According to FWC, on license-free fishing days, the requirement to obtain a fishing license is waived for all recreational anglers, whether Florida residents or non-residents. All other rules apply.

For saltwater license-free fishing days, “the saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g. crabbinglobsteringscalloping) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required during these days.” 

Saturday, Nov. 24 will be the next, and final, day that FWC will offer license-free saltwater fishing this year.


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