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Florida’s recreational and commercial saltwater fishing industries are open for business

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-487-0554 or

Looking for a fun time out on the water, or a nice locally caught fish dinner? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding residents and visitors that, despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, recreational and commercial saltwater fishing operations are reopening for business.

While charter for-hire and commercial fishing operators were hit hard by the storm, many in these industries are back up and running and ready to show residents and visitors why Florida remains the Fishing Capital of the World.

“Keep those fishing trips and vacations on the books if you can. These fishermen and women are ready to work, and need your business now more than ever,” said FWC Commissioner Robert Spottswood. “We are going to come back stronger than ever, but we need your help.”

Visit Florida CEO Ken Lawson said, “As the No. 1 industry in our state, tourism is critical to Florida’s economy, employing over 1.4 million Floridians. Fishermen, fishing captains and fishing charters are an integral part of our industry’s success as they showcase the beauties of Florida’s waters and outdoors to visitors all across the world. There is no better time than now to book a fishing trip in Florida and reel in some fun.”

FWC staff will continue to explore options on how to support our anglers and fishermen.

Book your south Florida fishing trip today. Visit the Lower Keys Guides Association at; External Website The Florida Keys & Key West website at, External Website or Visit Florida at External Website for ideas.

FWC Facts:
If your personal watercraft has an engine-cutoff switch lanyard, you must attach it to your clothing or PFD whenever in use.

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