An Angler's Guide to Florida's Marine Resources

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This guide was developed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management Outreach and Education Program as an educational tool to provide you with information about Florida's marine resources.

This publication includes articles about marine angling, important habitats, saltwater fishes and state efforts to enhance marine resources. Information is also included about fisheries management in Florida, the importance of catch and release, where money comes from and where it goes and that's just the first half of the guide.

The second half of Fishing Lines has a field guide to help anglers and the public identify some of the many fish species that live in Florida's marine and estuarine waters. Illustrations and descriptions for 145 species are included in the Identification Section.

Please visit our Fishing Resources web page for additional resources and information.

Click on each topic in the table of contents below or download the entire guide here. Adobe PDF (8 MB, 92 pages)

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Fishing Lines guide is not intended to present regulatory information since rules may change between printings.

Table of Contents Adobe PDF Related Links
  Cover and Table of Contents
1 Letter from the Director FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management
2 Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
How You Benefit
Sport Fish Restoration in Florida
Wildlife and Sportfish RestorationExternal Website  
4 Marine Fisheries Outreach and Education
Conserving Marine Resources
Outreach and Education Programs
6 Where Fish Live
Florida's Diverse Marine Habitats
Department of Environmental Protection External Website
Wildlife and Habitats
FWC Artificial Reefs Program
10 Catch and Release
Ways You Can Help Saltwater Fish Survive 
Fish Handling and Gear
Catch and Release brochure
16 It's In Your Hands
How to Contribute to Marine Fisheries Management
Conservation and You
Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program
Saltwater Fishing Regulations
Get Involved
19 Saltwater Fishing Basics
Saltwater Fishing Checklist
FWC Saltwater Fishing YouTube Channel External Website 
33 Boating Basics
Staying Safe on the Water
Boating in Florida
Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder
35 Identification Guide Saltwater Fish Identification | FishBase.org
89 Who to Call for What Contact the FWC 
FWC Regional Offices


FWC Facts:
Biologists estimate 10,000-14,000 sturgeon live in the Suwannee River. Adult populations in other Gulf Coast rivers range from a few hundred to about 2,000.

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