Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World,"
because of its great resources and responsible management. The
diversity of sport fishes, habitats, great weather, year-round
fishing and superb tourism and fishing industry-related
infrastructure are unsurpassed. The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) and our partners encourage you to
enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors with your family and
However, for Florida to retain the status of
"Fishing Capital of the World," we will all have to work together
to conserve and enhance these resources.
- Buy a Fishing License.
- Promote, through education and practice, ethical behavior in
use of aquatic resources.
- Value and respect the aquatic environment and all living
- Avoid spilling and never dumps pollutants, such as gas or
- Dispose of trash, including worn lines, leaders and hooks, in
acontainers, and recycle whenever possible. (see Monofilament
- Keep fishing sites litter-free.
- If necessary, purchase and keep current your fishing license. If you are exempt, you may still
purchase a license as a way to contribute to conservation.
- Take precautionary measures to prevent spread of exotic plants
- Learn and obey angling and boating regulations.
- Treat other anglers, boaters and property owners with courtesy
- Respect property rights, and never trespass on private lands or
- Keep no more fish than needed for consumption, and never
wastefully discard fish.
- Carefully handle and release alive all fish that are unwanted
or prohibited by regulation. (see catch-and-release
- Use tackle and techniques that minimize harm to fish when
"catch and release" angling.
- Take a kid fishing.