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Who needs a license?

Saltwater fishing licenses are sold at county tax collectors' offices and many bait and tackle shops. The cost differs for residents and non-residents. The law states that anyone who takes, attempts to take or possesses marine fish for non-commercial purposes must have a saltwater fishing license.

You do not need a license if you are:

+ A Florida resident fishing from land or a structure fixed to the land _ a pier, bridge, dock, floating dock, jetty or similar structure.

n A Florida resident 65 or older.

+ A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. military stationed outside Florida and here on leave for 30 days or less (you must submit your orders as proof).

+ A Florida resident fishing for mullet in fresh water with a valid Florida freshwater fishing license.

+ A Florida resident fishing for saltwater fish in fresh water from land or from a structure fixed to the land.

+ Fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel saltwater fishing license.

+ Younger than 16.

+ A non-resident fishing from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.

_ TERRY TOMALIN

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