Florida's License Free Fishing Days Expanded
Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have announced four additional license-free fishing days.
Source: Florida Online
Florida currently offers the public four license-free fishing days per year, where the requirement to have a recreational fishing license is waived for residents and visitors. Saltwater license-free fishing days this year were on June 1 and Sept. 1 and freshwater’s were April 6 and June 8.
During its September 5 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) added four more license-free fishing days to the calendar, and the Florida Legislature approved this increase earlier this year.
The additional saltwater license-free fishing days will be Oct 12 and Nov 30 and additional freshwater license-free days will be Nov 29 and Dec 28. The Commission also set dates for 2014 and beyond. All eight days will now fall on the same day of the week from year to year, allowing potential anglers to plan fishing trips in advance.
To make these events accessible to as many people as possible, the FWC planned these dates around holiday weekends and national events and National Fishing and Boating Week. Highlighted by significant national media coverage and public events, National Fishing and Boating Week promotes boating and fishing across the country as fun and healthy outdoor activities.
Governor Scott said:
“Florida’s license-free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for people to try, or introduce a friend to, some of the finest fishing in the world. Florida's recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing industry has an $8.9 billion economic impact and events like these help grow the industry even more. I'm excited that the FWC has adopted four more license-free fishing days for a total of eight days per year. These days are a great way to introduce more Floridians to the lifetime sport of fishing.”
For 2014 and beyond, the following dates will be license-free fishing days:
Saltwater: First Saturday and Sunday in June, First Saturday in September, Saturday following Thanksgiving.
Freshwater: First Saturday and Sunday in April, Second Saturday and Sunday in June
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