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Recreational Regulations

DESCEND Act now in effect!

Anyone on a commercial, for-hire, or private recreational vessel is required to have a venting tool or descending device rigged and ready to use when fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters.

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Fish Rules app

Keep up-to-date with saltwater and freshwater fishing regulations by using the Fish Rules App. Look for it in the App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android. Enable Location Services to see site-specific regulations for your location. Learn more. 

For information on fish consumption advisories, visit the Florida Fish Advisories Webpage.

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