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Recreational fishing is an important resource-based industry in Florida.  In fact, Florida is known as "The Fishing Capital of the World" ranking first in the country for number of people who fish in salt water.  Regulations in catches and bag limits are implemented to help manage and prevent over-fished situations so that this important resource will flourish.  Innovative and effective management tools such as circle hooks and venting tools are used to help maintain sustainable fish populations and to promote responsible use of the resource.


Saltwater Angler Resources


Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Florida Fishing Regulations

Gulf of Mexico Federal Fishing Regulations

South Atlantic Federal Fishing Regulations


Fishery Management Agencies

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission

NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service


Catch and release fishing practices

Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program

Tarpon Genetics Recapture Study (Youtube Video)


Getting Involved in Fisheries Management

 Fisheries Biology for Everyone

Understanding Fisheries Management



 A Tackle Box Guide to Common Saltwater Fishes of Southwest Florida

Common Sharks of Florida


Boaters Guide
Seafood Safety