Panama City, Fla. – Florida is the fishing capital of the world, bringing
more than $5.4 billion to our economy. Today at the Cabinet meeting in Panama
City with the support of Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced an exciting resource for
anglers. FWC announced two weekends in June when a saltwater fishing license
will not be required statewide. The license free weekend of June 4 and 5 is the
first weekend red snapper season opens in the Gulf, and the second weekend of
June 18 and 19 is Father’s Day weekend.
FWC also announced that it will expand bay scallop season to open a week
early on June 25 and extend the season by two weeks to end on September 25.
Small Gulf Coast communities from Steinhatchee to St. Marks to St. Joe Bay will
have three extra weeks for visitors and residents to explore and enjoy this low
cost, fun family activity.
In addition, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida
State Parks will offer half off admission on both Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8,
and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. There are 160 parks throughout the state and
74 unique saltwater fishing facilities, including piers, boardwalks and jetties.
Shore fishing at St. George Island, Big Lagoon and St. Joseph Peninsula state
parks yields redfish, trout and whiting. Boat ramps at St. Joseph Peninsula and
St. Andrew state parks allow fisherman to head out for a day of fishing in the
Gulf of Mexico to catch red snapper, grouper and amberjack, to name a few. For
more information, visit
“Florida’s beaches and waters are beautiful, pristine and ready for visitors
to enjoy, whether you are here for business or a family vacation,” stated
Governor Scott. “I encourage Floridians and visitors to our state to make plans
now to enjoy Florida fishing and seafood during the upcoming free-fishing
weekends in June. Whether you catch it yourself or get it from a market or
restaurant, our seafood is the best in the nation.”
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