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PangamanPangaman Posts: 911 Officer
I have gulf reef angler on my license. Says it expires in December 2020. Am I good to go when it turns into the florida reef angler on 01 july 2020? Or do I have to get another designation?


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,554 Moderator
    Got this e-mail today 7/1 from FWC.  Apparently you are good to go till your current Gulf Reef Fish permit expires

    Attention Saltwater Fishing License Holders:srfs state reef fish survey logo

    Starting today, July 1, the State Reef Fish Survey (SRFS) will replace the successful Gulf Reef Fish Survey and help provide timely and precise data on important reef fish statewide.

    As part of this program, recreational anglers and divers (including those 65 and older) who fish for or possess the reef fish below from a private vessel in both the Atlantic and Gulf will need to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation:

    • Snappers – mutton, yellowtail, red and vermilion
    • Hogfish
    • Groupers – gag, red and black
    • Amberjack – greater and lesser
    • Banded rudderfish
    • Almaco jack
    • Gray triggerfish

    Signing up for the State Reef Fish Angler designation is simple, has no-cost and can easily be obtained wherever saltwater licenses are sold:

    • Fish|Hunt Florida mobile app
    • 1-888-FISHFLORIDA (347-4356),
    • Tackle shops, sporting goods stores and tax collectors’ offices

    If you fish for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico, your Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation will fulfill the statewide requirement of the State Reef Fish Angler designation until your Gulf designation expires, even if you are fishing on the Atlantic coast. Once your Gulf designation expires, you will need to sign up for the new State Reef Fish Angler designation.

    To learn more about SRFS, how to sign-up and limited exemptions, please visit

    Questions? Contact Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0054 or [email protected].

    Happy fishing!

  • GotseaGotsea Posts: 862 Officer
    I am 70 years old, my 5 year fishing license expired 2 years ago, but still said you have to get it even if you are 65, I went to the site but is asking me to buy a license, don't understand  
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,554 Moderator
    You have to go the buy a license tab on the FWC site but when you check out the price is $0.00
  • GotseaGotsea Posts: 862 Officer
    edited July 2020 #5
    Thanks I already got it $0.00 but I made a donation to do my part to help conservation 
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