Florida is celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week with two weekends of license-free fishing.

Keep Florida Fishing invites anglers to head to the water to highlight the importance of recreational fishing and boating June 3-11. The celebration includes license-free fishing Saturday and Sunday for saltwater fishing, and June 10 and 11 for freshwater fishing.

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 taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment, according to Keep Florida Fishing.

“National Fishing and Boating Week is a reminder of the significant role that recreational fishing and boating have here in Florida, both culturally and economically,” said Gary Jennings, director of Keep Florida Fishing.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) heralds the week as “an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.”

The fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers, including residents and non-residents. All other rules (seasons, bag and size limits) apply. Florida fishing licenses range from $17 to $100, depending on the type and duration.

The two weekends are part of the eight license-free fishing days approved by Gov. Rick Scott and FWC each year.


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