Florida anglers can take advantage of recreational saltwater fishing Saturday without having to purchase a license.

The license-free saltwater fishing day coincides with the last four days of this year’s Gulf red snapper season in state and federal waters, which runs Friday, through Labor Day on Monday.

It is one of eight license-free fishing days are approved by Gov. Rick Scott and offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) each year.

The fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers, residents and non-residents. All other rules regarding seasons, bag, and size limits apply.

Gary Jennings, director of Keep Florida Fishing,  said the holiday provides a way for young people and novice anglers to discover a love of fishing.

“Florida’s upcoming license-free fishing day is a chance for parents without a license to introduce their kids to sportfishing, and for experienced anglers to share their passion for fishing with a friend who may not yet have a license,” Jennings said.

“We look forward to the economic benefit that this will have on our state’s coastal economies,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida fishery Policy director of the American Sportfishing Association.

 Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World,” with more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to state conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment, according to FWC data.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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