Suzanne Johnston
Flagler County Tax Collector

Suzanne Johnston
Flagler County Tax Collector

Saltwater Fishing

 

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2009:

All fishermen who are fishing from a bridge or the shoreline (even your own private dock) must have a shoreline license to fish. The license will cost $9.00 for one year. If you already hold a saltwater license, you will not need a shoreline license. The shoreline license will prevent the federal government from imposing new fees on all state fishermen. This new license will prevent all state fishermen from being enrolled in the National Fishery Registry, which would annually cost an estimated $15 to $25.

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the administrative office that regulates saltwater fishing.

Anglers who are required to have a saltwater fishing license are persons fishing from a pleasure craft, on a sandbar, or any other land mass accessible by boat or by swimming or snorkeling through water deeper than four feet.

Underwater divers who take or attempt to take marine fish must also obtain a license. Anyone who operates a noncommercial fishing vessel for hire must purchase a saltwater license. This recreational license will exempt passengers from having to obtain individual licenses.

Other Exemptions:

You don't have to obtain a salt water fishing license if:

  1. You are a Florida resident fishing in saltwater from land or from a structure fixed to land.
  2. You are fishing from a pier which has been issued a pier saltwater license.
  3. Anyone who holds valid commercial saltwater products licenses other than the owner, operator, or custodian of a vessel for which a saltwater fishing license is required. Only one person aboard a vessel to which a commercial saltwater products license has been issued may claim exemption at any given time.

**The first exemption is no longer valid after August 1, 2009.**

Saltwater fishing licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. A five-year saltwater fishing license and a lifetime license are also available to Florida residents. Non-residents can apply for a 3 day or 7 day permit for saltwater fishing.

Saltwater Fishing

 

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2009:

All fishermen who are fishing from a bridge or the shoreline (even your own private dock) must have a shoreline license to fish. The license will cost $9.00 for one year. If you already hold a saltwater license, you will not need a shoreline license. The shoreline license will prevent the federal government from imposing new fees on all state fishermen. This new license will prevent all state fishermen from being enrolled in the National Fishery Registry, which would annually cost an estimated $15 to $25.

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the administrative office that regulates saltwater fishing.

Anglers who are required to have a saltwater fishing license are persons fishing from a pleasure craft, on a sandbar, or any other land mass accessible by boat or by swimming or snorkeling through water deeper than four feet.

Underwater divers who take or attempt to take marine fish must also obtain a license. Anyone who operates a noncommercial fishing vessel for hire must purchase a saltwater license. This recreational license will exempt passengers from having to obtain individual licenses.

Other Exemptions:

You don't have to obtain a salt water fishing license if:

  1. You are a Florida resident fishing in saltwater from land or from a structure fixed to land.
  2. You are fishing from a pier which has been issued a pier saltwater license.
  3. Anyone who holds valid commercial saltwater products licenses other than the owner, operator, or custodian of a vessel for which a saltwater fishing license is required. Only one person aboard a vessel to which a commercial saltwater products license has been issued may claim exemption at any given time.

**The first exemption is no longer valid after August 1, 2009.**

Saltwater fishing licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. A five-year saltwater fishing license and a lifetime license are also available to Florida residents. Non-residents can apply for a 3 day or 7 day permit for saltwater fishing.