The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be honoring
“We have a tremendous opportunity not only to give thanks to the men and women that served our nation so courageously, but also to provide them with more support so they can pursue careers in fishing here in
The FWC adopted these changes at its September meeting and made a formal announcement of the changes in a media event on Nov. 9.
“I am excited to be extending this opportunity to the men and women who so bravely served our country,” said Commissioner Charles W. Roberts III. “Job creation and
The changes will modify income requirements for many of
Spanish and king mackerel, flounder, shrimp, mahi mahi and several reef fish are among the list of species that require a restricted species endorsement.
Currently, commercial harvesters attempting to qualify for a restricted species endorsement must have a Florida Saltwater Products License, which is
With the new changes in place, restricted species endorsement income requirements will be waived for one license year (July 1 - June 30) for
The one-license-year waiver also extends to all honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities, regardless of when they were discharged. After the one-year waiver expires, veterans with service-connected disabilities will also have a reduced income requirement of $2,500 instead of $5,000. All other veterans must meet the $5,000 income requirement after the one-year waiver expires. To qualify for these exemptions, veterans must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Armed Forces to have at least a 10-percent disability that is service-connected.
“I salute the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for making it easier for
Applicants should visit MyFWC.com/License and click on “Commercial Saltwater Products” or call 850-487-3122.
To learn more about commercial saltwater fishing in