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FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Commission Meeting, License Free Fishing DaySeason Updates, Events

Commission Meeting

Action: Marine Fisheries items

Information: The FWC Commission will discuss several marine fisheries management items Nov. 20 at the meeting in Key Largo including:

  • A final rule changing the Gulf red grouper daily bag limit from 4-fish to 2-fish within the 4-grouper aggregate bag limit

And discussions on

  • Federal fishery management
  • The spiny lobster commercial dive fishery
  • Stakeholder concerns about the barracuda population in South Florida
  • Lionfish outreach and education efforts

Links for more information:

Commission []

License-Free Fishing

Action: Saltwater license-free fishing day Nov. 29

Information: Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Nov. 29.

All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply.

There are eight license-free fishing days each year including four freshwater and four saltwater.

An annual license for residents can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at All fishing license fees are used to support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration projects.

Links for more information:

License Information []

License-Free Fishing Days []


Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for November-December.

Information: The following species have upcoming season openings/closures:

(May not include all harvest openings/closures. View regulations online at for more.)  

Nov. 1 –

Dec. 1 –

Dec. 4 –

Dec. 15 –

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations []

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Nov. 8 – Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Steinhatchee

Nov. 14-16: Ladies Let’s Go Fishing - Keys

Nov. 20-21: Commission Meeting – Miami/Key Largo

Nov. 29: Saltwater License Free Fishing Day

Dec. 6: Kids’ Fishing Clinic - Marathon

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FWC Facts:
Shrimping is done at night because at least two of the principal shrimp species harvested in Florida, the pink shrimp and the brown shrimp, are nocturnal.

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