Recreational Shrimping Regulations
Bag Limit: Individuals can take 5 gallons, heads on, per harvester per day. Possession limit of no more than 5 gallons, heads on, per vessel at any time regardless of the number of persons onboard.
Size limit: None
Closed season: April and May closed in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler and Clay counties.
Closed areas: Contact your nearest FWC Law Enforcement office for local restrictions.
Big Bend closed area: Harvest of shrimp is prohibited in areas of Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties landward of a line beginning at Bailey’s Bluff in Pasco County progressing to the St. Marks Lighthouse in Wakulla County, as shown in the map.
License requirement: Recreational saltwater fishing license (resident or non-resident), unless exempt.
*View the full Recreational Shrimping Restrictions.
Allowable recreational nets for the harvest of shrimp:
- Landing or dip net with an opening no larger than 96 inches around the perimeter.
- Cast net with a stretched length (the distance from the horn at the center of the net, with the net gathered and pulled taut, to the lead line) no greater than 14 feet.
- Push net - "Push net" means a mesh net or bag attached to the outer edges of a triangular or rectangular rigid frame with a handle attached that is fished by being pushed across the bottom by a person wading.
- A beach or haul seine with a mesh area no larger than 500 square feet, mesh size no large than 2 inches stretched mesh, and may not be made of monofilament.
- One frame net with an opening no larger than 16 feet around the perimeter, if deployed from a vessel or from a structure other than an operational bridge or causeway or catwalk attached to such bridge or causeway. "Frame net" means a net in the form of an elongated bag kept open by a rigid frame that is buoyed by floats and is not fished or dragged along the bottom. Frame nets cannot be made of monofilament. A Frame net that is dragged or towed is considered to be a trawl, which is not allowed for the recreational harvest of shrimp. Frame nets cannot be used to harvest shrimp in any waters off of Dade County.
Shrimp Trap Guidelines
- Harvesters can use up to four shrimp traps.
- Shrimp traps cannot exceed the following dimensions: 3 feet long by 2 feet wide by 1 foot high.
- The incorporation of external or unattached wings or other devices to funnel shrimp into the trap is prohibited.
- The harvester's name and address shall be securely affixed to each trap.
- Any shrimp trap on public property which is not attended by the person whose name is affixed to the trap is subject to confiscation by the commission.
- A buoy is not required but is recommended for preventing loss of the trap.
A person recreationally harvesting shrimp may use a cast net in conjunction with nonmetal poles to bait shrimp while adhering to the following rules:
- No more than five poles shall be set at any one time by any person.
- Each pole may not exceed one inch in diameter.
- Poles shall be driven into the bottom, set no closer than 10 yards apart and the distance between the first and last pole shall not exceed 50 yards.
- Poles shall only be set, fished and retrieved during daylight hours. The term "daylight hours" means the period beginning 1/2 hour before official sunrise and continuing through 1/2 hour after official sunset, each day. All poles shall be removed each day by 1/2 hour after official sunset.
- Each pole shall be marked with white reflective tape.
- No pole shall be set within 50 yards of any dock, pier, public boat landing or ramp, seawall, jetty or bridge.
- Poles shall be tended at all times. The term "tend" means that the harvester is within 100 yards of the nearest pole at all times.