Ethical Angler Photos

The FWC invites you to participate in the Saltwater Ethical Angler Photo Recognition Program. Send us a picture of you with your catch and you may be featured in an upcoming FWC publication, maybe even the cover of the Saltwater Edition of the Fishing Regulations!

Saltwater Photo Contest Winner
photo submitted by Captain Wade Osborne

To be considered your fish must be handled properly as it is the responsibility of every angler to strive for 100-percent survival of fish that are released.  An ethical angler handles their catch with wet hands only, is careful not to poke fingers into gills, and fully supports the body weight of the fish by cradling it horizontally. Large fish should not be boated, as removing them from the water can injure the fish. For more Catch & Release techniques check out the links below:

Catch and Release Brochure Adobe PDF

Photo Rules

  • All submitted photos may be used in any FWC publication or on the website. If you would like your photo to be considered for the cover of the Saltwater Edition of the Fishing Regulations, remember to take into consideration the cover's layout when framing your photograph.

  • All submissions must include a signed FWC Permission to Use Image form Adobe PDF.

  • Images must be at least 300 dpi

  • Files that are 2 MB or larger are preferred.

  • Preferred formats include .jpg or .tiff files.

  • Images should not be embedded in a Word document, .pdf or .ppt, etc.

  • Photo Guidelines Adobe PDF

This form can be faxed (850-487-4847), emailed or mailed to:
FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management
Ethical Angler Photo Contest
2590 Executive Center Circle
Berkley Building, Suite 204
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Submit your ethical angling photos to and good luck!

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