Florida Saltwater Fishing License

Florida Saltwater Fishing License
Most saltwater anglers in Florida are required to purchase a saltwater fishing license from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. This license is required to fish in saltwater bodies around the state or take saltwater fish from freshwater rivers. It also covers the recreational harvesting of crabs and scallops.


The 2010 price for an annual saltwater fishing license is $17 for residents and $47 for nonresidents. Nonresidents may alternatively choose to purchase a three-day license for $17 or a seven-day license for $30.

Shore Fishing

In 2009, Florida began requiring the purchase of a shore fishing license for resident anglers fishing from shore. The shoreline license is $9. Shoreline fishing is automatically included in the regular saltwater fishing license.

Special Permits

Spiny lobsters, snook, and tarpon require the purchase of an additional permit with the saltwater fishing license. The 2010 price for these permits is $2 for snook and spiny lobster and $51.50 for tarpon.


A saltwater fishing license is not required for children under age 16, Florida residents over age 65, or fishermen meeting other specific qualifications. Florida seniors instead can obtain a Florida Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate for free from their county tax collector.

Charter and Pier Fishing

A saltwater fishing license is not required when using a licensed charter captain or from a licensed pier. The saltwater license purchased by charter fishing guides and piers cover fishermen using their services.

Collection of Marine Life

Individuals seeking to collect creatures from the shore for their aquarium or other non-commercial purposes are required to possess a Florida saltwater fishing license. Limits exist for the number of sea creatures collected and certain species are protected.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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