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Just read that FWC will now require all Florida fisherman, Atlantic and Gulf, to obtain a “State Reef Fish Angler” designation. Anyone know about this? Does every person on the boat need one? 


  • livebait1livebait1 Posts: 170 Deckhand
    Go to and punch in state reefs fish survey. For all you offshore boats.No cost just got to sign up wherever they sell fishing licenses.And the way it reads everybody on the boat has to have one-except children. Have fun.
  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 911 Officer
    I have the gulf reef angler on my license. Says good until dec 2020. Wonder if that is still good after July? It says multi year licences are exempt from the rule on the web site. My saltwater license is good until 2021.
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Posts: 1,893 Captain
    edited May 2020 #4
    Pangaman said:
    I have the gulf reef angler on my license. Says good until dec 2020. Wonder if that is still good after July? It says multi year licences are exempt from the rule on the web site. My saltwater license is good until 2021.

    Think maybe you should reread it.......they must of changed it, because it sure don't say that today. Says you need to sign up even if over 65 or in military and don't even need a license.

    OK adding and editing because now I see what you must be talking about:
    If you are a Gulf Reef Fish Angler, your designation will remain valid until it expires and will meet the new SRFS statewide requirement. You do not need a State Reef Fish Angler designation until your current Gulf designation expires. 

    Your post could be taken to mean any multi year licenses already out are exempt........but  it's only if you already had the Gulf designation........all of us on the Atlantic side have to sign up even if we have multi-year license already. And since this is the NE forum I thought you were posting about Atlantic. Anyway thinks for the alert to check this out.

    The following groups will also be required to sign up for the State Reef Fish Angler designation annually, even though they are exempt from saltwater fishing licensing requirements:

    • Those who are age 65 or older.
    • Florida residents who are members of the Armed Forces of the United States, who are not stationed in this state and home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders
    • Veterans with disabilities, active or reserve duty military service members and their immediate family and/or an assistant who are participating in a permitted outdoor recreational event for which the Commission has issued a Military/Disabled Veteran Event License Exemption Permit to the event organizer.
    • Those with multi-year or lifetime licenses.
    • Florida residents certified as totally and permanently disabled who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person's Hunting and Fishing License.
    • Individuals who hold a valid saltwater products license using their license to recreationally fish for the SRFS species.

      Those not required to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation include individuals who are:

    • Fishing from a licensed charter, headboat or party boat vessel, or with a licensed for-hire guide.
      • There is already a separate survey mechanism in place to collect recreational fisheries data from for-hire operations.
    • Under 16 years of age.
    • Harvesting for scientific and educational purposes under a special activity license issued by FWC.
    • Fishing from a vessel that has a valid Recreational Vessel fishing license. (This license covers anyone saltwater fishing from a recreational vessel where no fee is paid. This is not an individual fishing license.)
    • Not fishing for or harvesting reef fish.

  • seapro15seapro15 Posts: 219 Deckhand
    Does this only apply to state waters?
  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 911 Officer
     See above where it says. Those with multi-year or lifetime licenses. My license is for 2 years.
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