W. Dale Summerford
Gadsden County Tax Collector

W. Dale Summerford
Gadsden County Tax Collector

Saltwater Fishing

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 boat, on a sandbar, or any other land mass accessible by boat or by swimming or snorkeling through water deeper that four feet. In addition, effective August 1, 2009, Florida Residents fishing from shore or a pier must have a "no-cost" shoreline saltwater license or regular saltwater license. 

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 shoreline saltwater or regular saltwater fishing license if:

  1. You are a Florida Resident age 65 or older.
  2. 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.

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

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 boat, on a sandbar, or any other land mass accessible by boat or by swimming or snorkeling through water deeper that four feet. In addition, effective August 1, 2009, Florida Residents fishing from shore or a pier must have a "no-cost" shoreline saltwater license or regular saltwater license. 

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 shoreline saltwater or regular saltwater fishing license if:

  1. You are a Florida Resident age 65 or older.
  2. 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.

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.