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How Anglers Can Conserve

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Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World," because of its great resources and responsible management. The diversity of sport fishes, habitats, great weather, year-round fishing and superb tourism and fishing industry-related infrastructure are unsurpassed. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and our partners encourage you to enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors with your family and friends.

However, for Florida to retain the status of "Fishing Capital of the World," we will all have to work together to conserve and enhance these resources.

  • Buy a Fishing License.
  • Promote, through education and practice, ethical behavior in use of aquatic resources.
  • Value and respect the aquatic environment and all living things.
  • Avoid spilling and never dumps pollutants, such as gas or oil.
  • Dispose of trash, including worn lines, leaders and hooks, in containers, and recycle whenever possible. (see Monofilament Recycling)
  • Keep fishing sites litter-free.
  • If necessary, purchase and keep current your fishing license. If you are exempt, you may still purchase a license as a way to contribute to conservation.
  • Take precautionary measures to prevent spread of exotic plants and animals.
  • Learn and obey angling and boating regulations.
  • Treat other anglers, boaters and property owners with courtesy and respect.
  • Respect property rights, and never trespass on private lands or waters.
  • Keep no more fish than needed for consumption, and never wastefully discard fish.
  • Carefully handle and release alive all fish that are unwanted or prohibited by regulation. (see catch-and-release tips).
  • Use tackle and techniques that minimize harm to fish when "catch and release" angling.
  • Take a kid fishing.