Florida Offers License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s residents and tourists can enjoy a day of license-free saltwater fishing on Sept 1.

Gov. Rick Scott said the license-free day “is a great way for families to enjoy Florida’s incredible saltwater fishing opportunities during the Labor Day holiday.”

It’s the second license-free saltwater fishing day offered this year by the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The last day was June 1. The agency also offered a license-free freshwater fishing days on April 13 and June 8. And, during a meeting in Pensacola on Sept. 5, the agency will consider adding four more license-free fishing days to this year’s calendar.

“Florida is the Fishing Capitol of the World and this license-free weekend is a great opportunity to introduce friends and family who may have never experienced Florida saltwater fishing to enjoy the Sunshine State’s bountiful waters and historic fishing communities,” Scott said.

During license-free fishing days, all other rules and regulations — including bag limits, seasons and size restrictions — apply.

Annual fishing licenses can be purchased at License.MyFWC.com.

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