Keep Silver Kings Reigning Best Tarpon Fishing Practices

When fishing for tarpon this season, be sure to use best fishing practices to keep silver kings reigning. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) consulted a number of external partners, including charter captains, Salt Strong and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, to create a comprehensive list of best Tarpon fishing practices to guide anglers looking to target … Read more

Hammerhead Shark Nursery Discovered in Biscayne Bay

Marine biologists in Florida may have discovered the first-ever great hammerhead shark nursery, one of the largest predatory shark species. The nursery is believed to be located in Biscayne Bay, a developed area on the southeast coast of Florida. Unlike other shark species, great hammerheads give birth to live young, and the juveniles spend their … Read more

Recreational Hogfish Closes in Atlantic and Florida Keys Nov 1 

Hogfish recreational harvest will close in state and federal waters off the east coast of Florida and the Florida Keys starting Nov. 1. This Hogfish closure includes all state and federal waters south of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida and up the Atlantic coast. The recreational harvest season of Florida … Read more

50% Discount for Florida State Park Passes and FWC Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Great Outdoors Initiative to encourage Floridians to go outdoors and explore Florida’s natural resources, including our award-winning state parks, vast recreation areas, and world-renowned waterways. As part of the Great Outdoors Initiative, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-209 (The Great Outdoors Initiative) directing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and … Read more

FWC Approves Stone Crab Regulations Changes 

At its October meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to recreational and commercial stone crab regulations for escape ring requirements. These regulation changes include: For the 2023-24 stone crab season, an unobstructed escape ring 2 3/16 inches in diameter for all recreational and commercial plastic or wood stone crab traps … Read more

Catch, Clean, and Cook with Florida Keys Spiny Lobster

The Florida Keys, known for their stunning coral reefs and diverse marine life, offer an incredible opportunity for adventure seekers and food enthusiasts alike. Among the many delicacies that grace the waters of the Keys, the Florida Keys Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) stands out as a delectable treat for seafood aficionados. We will take you … Read more

FWC Rule For Recreational Crab Traps March 1 2013

Starting in March 2013, recreational crab traps in Florida will be required to have rigid funnel openings no larger than 2 x 6 inches at the narrowest point or 2 x 6-inch bycatch reduction devices installed to reduce accidental trapping of diamondback terrapins, which has been a significant threat to the species. The rule was approved by … Read more

5 Favorite Florida Keys Fish

Located at the southernmost tip of the state, the Florida Keys are a true paradise for anglers of all skill levels. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, the Keys offer some of the best fishing in the world. Whether you’re an experienced angler looking to target your Favorite Florida Keys Fish species … Read more

Florida Keys Free Shoreline Fishing

I am always looking for ways to save money while still being able to enjoy all the activities and experiences that a place has to offer. That’s why I was excited to discover that the Florida Keys have plenty of opportunities for free shoreline fishing. Whether you are an experienced angler or a beginner, the … Read more

Recreational – Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Opens August 6 

The recreational and commercial spiny lobster season starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31.  Learn more about bag limits, size limits, where to harvest, and other regulations at by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Lobster,” which is under the “Crabs, Lobster and other Shellfish” tab. If you plan to lobster in the Keys, another great … Read more

FWC Return ‘Em Right Conserve Our Fisheries

Return ‘Em Right

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is celebrating the launch of Return ‘Em Right, a multi-entity effort in the Gulf of Mexico led by Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, NOAA Fisheries, and a coalition of anglers, industry groups, universities, government and non-government organizations committed to maintaining healthy fish stocks and fishing … Read more

FWC Approves Redfish Rule Changes in State Waters 

At its May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved proposed management regions and regulation changes for redfish in state waters.  The proposed rule changes would:  Modify the redfish management regions. (See figure 1) Prohibit captain and crew from retaining a bag limit when on a for-hire trip. Reduce the off-the-water transport … Read more

FWC Approves Cobia Rule Changes in State Waters 

At its May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regulation changes for cobia in state waters. Changes effective July 1, 2022, include:  Increasing the minimum size limit from 33 inches to 36 inches fork length for all state waters. Reducing the commercial bag limit from two to one fish per harvester … Read more