Keep Florida Fishing reminds Florida anglers to take advantage of the upcoming license-free saltwater fishing day on Saturday, Sept. 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. 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.
“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.
The fishing license requirement is waived but all other rules 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.