Recreational fishing is an important resource-based industry in Florida. In fact, Florida is known as "The Fishing Capital of the World" ranking first in the country for number of people who fish in salt water. Regulations in catches and bag limits are implemented to help manage and prevent over-fished situations so that this important resource will flourish. Innovative and effective management tools such as circle hooks and venting tools are used to help maintain sustainable fish populations and to promote responsible use of the resource.
Circle Hooks - Learn more about circle hooks, how they work and when to use them.
Venting Tools - Want to know which fish to vent and how to vent probably. The Sea Grant/Novak Venting tool was designed and developed by Florida Sea Grant in cooperation with Mote Marine Laboratory. It can be purchased from Aquatic Release Conservation, Inc. or call its toll-free number, 1-877-411-4272.
Mono Fishing Line Recycling Program (MRRP) - Fishing line can last up to 600 years in the environment. It can cause death or injury to marine mammals, birds, and other wildlife if not properly disposed. Click here to find the nearest fishing line recycling indoor or outdoor station.