In 1991, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
(then known as the Florida Game & Fish Commission) created an
urban fisheries project in Orlando called the Central Florida Urban
Fisheries Project (CFUFP). It primarily managed water bodies
for beginning anglers as well as those who like to keep and eat
their catch. Its promotional efforts centered on fishing
clinics and weekend events.
In late 1997, due to the tremendous fisheries potential of the
Orlando area (60,000 acres of water, 40 million visitors/year, 2
million residents), Tallahassee fisheries leaders within the
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) expanded
the Orlando urban fisheries program into what is now known on the
"street" as Fish Orlando! New aspects that were part of this
expansion included water bodies managed for quality size fish
and/or an unique fishing experience as well as increased
promotional and tourist components.
Initially these new aspects were coordinated via Tallahassee and
performed by a patchwork of FWC personnel in and around the Central
Florida area. In late 1998, however, the coordination of the
expanded work was brought to Orlando in the form of a new project
called the Greater Orlando Sport Fisheries Project (GOSP). In
October 2000, both projects (CFUFP and GOSP) comprising Fish
Orlando were combined into one, known as the Greater Orlando Urban
Fisheries Project (GOUFP). All management and promotional
focuses set up prior to the merger remained intact under GOUFP.
In 2005 the FWC was reorganized and the Fish Orlando program
was placed in the Northeast regional system within the division of
Freshwater Fisheries, where it remains today.