Florida adds more license-free fishing days

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Florida is getting four additional license-free fishing days, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Monday.

From now on, the state will offer eight license-free fishing days a year.

“Florida’s license-free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for people to try, or introduce a friend to, some of the finest fishing in the world,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a news release. “Florida’s recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing industry has an $8.9 billion economic impact and events like these help grow the industry even more.”

Florida already offers four license-free fishing days a year. Saltwater days this year were on June 1 and Sept. 1, and freshwater days were April 6 and June 8. FWC commissioners voted last week to hold additional saltwater license-free fishing days Oct. 12 and Nov. 30 and additional freshwater license-free days Nov. 29 and Dec. 28. The Florida Legislature approved this increase earlier this year.

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