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Shoreline Fishing License Requirement Starts Aug. 1

August 7, 2009

Time’s up. Florida’s new shoreline fishing license requirement takes effect Aug. 1, so resident anglers who fish for saltwater species from shore or a structure affixed to shore must have a $9 shoreline fishing license or a $17 regular saltwater fishing license.

Nonresident anglers need a regular nonresident saltwater fishing license to fish from shore or from a vessel. Short-term and annual nonresident fishing licenses cost between $17 and $47. Additional fees may apply, depending on where the angler purchases the license.

The requirement does allow exemptions for resident anglers who fish in their home county, using live or natural bait, on a line or pole without a line-retrieval mechanism. This exemption does not apply to anglers who use nets, traps, gigs, spears or who gather seafood by hand or any type of gear other than hook and line.

Other exemptions apply for anglers who qualify for temporary cash assistance, food stamps or Medicaid. Also, resident anglers who are age 65 or older and children under age 16 may fish without a license. Active-duty military personnel may fish without a license while home on leave in Florida.
Licensed fishing piers have licenses that cover everyone who fishes from them.

The FWC suggests the $17 regular saltwater fishing license may be the best option for most resident anglers unless they are certain they will fish only from shore or a structure affixed to shore all year.
By creating the shoreline fishing license, the Florida Legislature arranged for Florida anglers to be exempt from a more-expensive federal angler registration requirement that will take effect in 2011.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - FAQs: Shoreline fishing - License requirement changes

One Response to “ Shoreline Fishing License Requirement Starts Aug. 1”

  1. Florence Gonzalez said:

    I am not sure if people are aware of the discrimination of the new August 1st fishing license requirements. I am permanently disabled. I have total ankle reconstruction and use a cane - sometimes a walker. I feel I am entitled to a free license. I am living on disability retirement. I worked for 26 years for the USPS. I did not work for the Railroad. I am not a veteran. I am not on workers compensation, nor do I get Social Security Disability. I am an American that worked for the United States Postal Service which is part of the Federal Government. I have placed many calls to the FWC and was told to contact our legislators. I do not fall into any of the following requirements: (taken from

    Any resident may obtain a no cost Disabled Hunting /Freshwater/Saltwater Fishing License upon presenting proof of residency and certification of total and permanent disability by one of the following:

    * The United States Railroad Retirement Board
    * The United States Veterans Administration
    * Any branch of the United States Armed Services
    * Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Division of Workers Compensation-LES Form DWC-4
    * An order from a Judge of Compensation claims
    * Written confirmation by the carrier providing Workers Compensation benefits
    * Documentation of CURRENT eligibility for Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration.

    Now, are the requirements fair or discrimatory?