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Online Learning for Saltwater Anglers

Florida Friendly Angler and Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Certification Program

The Florida Friendly Angler and Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Certification Program are online educational programs that teach conservation practices for Florida’s marine fisheries. These two programs were developed in partnership with Florida Sea Grant and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

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Florida Friendly Angler Certification Program

The Florida Friendly Angler is a free, narrated, do-at-your-own-pace program designed for any angler who wants to learn more about sustainable fishing and boating practices, best fishing practices, and marine fisheries management. With millions of anglers visiting the Fishing Capital of the World every year, this course helps ensure quality fishing experiences of Florida are here to stay. 

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Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Certification Program

The Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Certification Program is designed for for-hire fishing guides who are committed to preserving the future of Florida’s fisheries through sustainable boating and fishing techniques. The certification is valid for three years and the $130 fee covers gear for the welcome packages for certified guides, program upkeep and evaluation, and more. Become certified and proudly display your certification on your website and vessel, showing customers that you adhere to the highest environmental standards! Upon completion of the certification, you will be added to the Florida Friendly Fishing Guide directory where anglers can book their next charter with an eco-minded guide.

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Gone Fishin' Interactive Games

Gone Fishin' features five interactive games that engage and educate anglers of all ages on marine fisheries conservation. These activities bring marine science right to your fingertips, providing accessible content for your home or classroom and tips to use when you head out on your own saltwater fishing trip. Jump in today at

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Choose whether to go fishing by boat or by shore and select the appropriate gear before you set off on your fishing trip. Cast your line and wait for a fish to bite. Once it’s taken the bait, carefully adjust your speed to reel it in. After you’ve reeled it in, use the quick chart to identify the species and read more about its appearance, habitat, and behavior. Get your measuring tape out and determine if you should keep or release it, based on the sizing from the quick chart. Recast your rod and continue all over again at

After watching a short, informational video about the best fish handling practices, test your knowledge with a 10-question quiz. Presented with two different options for each question, determine which picture is demonstrates the proper fish handling technique. From holding a fish with wet hands to the proper net and hooks to use, these questions help you learn these practices. Learn these fish practices at today!

Choose from three habitats with different levels of difficulty: rocky bottom, coral reef, and wreck. After selecting the appropriate gear, such as a dive knife, gloves, and a mask, you’re ready to dive. Help clean the reef by placing the various pieces of trash found within the reef in a mesh bag and the lionfish into a plastic container. As you work to heal the reef, watch as the marine life returns and the area flourishes again! Jump in and make a splash at  

Choose either a lionfish or a red fish and explore each dissection! Click on one of the many various parts of the fish to learn more about it’s specific purpose and to see what it looks like dissected. Visit Gone Fishin' at

Match the fish species to it’s correct habitat! This fun and educational game helps you learn where these Florida native species live. Get hooked on marine conservation with