Saltwater License-Free Fishing Day Sunday

Governor Rick Scott and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have announced a saltwater license-free fishing day for Sunday, Sept 1. On this day, Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities first hand without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license.

“(This) is a great way for families to enjoy Florida’s incredible saltwater fishing opportunities during the Labor Day holiday,” said Scott. “Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World and this license-free weekend is a great opportunity to introduce friends and family who may have never experienced Florida saltwater fishing to enjoy the Sunshine States’ bountiful waters and historic fishing communities.”

License-free fishing days, including freshwater days, were held April 13 and June 8 for freshwater and June 1 for saltwater. The FWC will consider adding four additional license-free fishing days to the calendar at the Sept. 5 meeting in Pensacola. If approved, there will be two more saltwater and two more freshwater license-free fishing days before the end of 2013. All other regulations still apply.

An annual license for residents can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at All fishing license fees are used to support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration projects.

All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on these dates. For fishing tips, locations and rules, visit


GMFMC online survey

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) invites you to participate in an online survey designed to evaluate the effectiveness of current communication efforts to reach stakeholders.

To participate, go to The survey should take less than 10 minutes and is voluntary. No personally identifiable information will be collected.. A link to the survey can also be found under "Hot Topics" on the front page of the Gulf Council web site -

The next GMFMC meeting is Aug. 26 – 29 at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio in San Antonio, Texas. The full council will convene is expected to adjourn by Thursday afternoon..