Lee County Extension
Sustainable Fisheries Outreach


Recreational fishing is a huge industry and Southwest Florida is considered to have some of the best sport fishing in the nation.  

Fishing, both commercial and recreational, has always been an important factor in the economic development of Lee County.  In fact, Lee County sells the largest number of snook licenses on the west coast of Florida.  As the number of year round residents, seasonal residents and tourists grows there is an increased fishing pressure and the continued destruction of estuarine habitats through development and pollution This has placed a great strain on the marine resources of Lee County.   

Fisheries habitat enhancement, science-based fisheries management strategies and sustainable angling practices are needed to ensure healthy fisheries population.  

Responsible anglers follow all fishing regulations and use proper techniques for handling and releasing non-harvested fish to increase chances of survival and sustain our fisheries for generations to come.   

Fisheries Regulations

BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 2009, A SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS WHO FISH FROM SHORE.” For more information click here.

Saltwater Regulations Summarized

Saltwater Recreational Licenses

More information on fishing regulations, licenses and measurements from FFWCC


Sustainable Fishing Practices

About Yellowtail Snapper

Catch and Release Fishing

Circle Hooks (English)  (Spanish)

Eating Florida Shrimp


Fact Sheet on Recreational Shellfish Harvesting in SW Florida

Fish Venting

Florida Aquaculture

Handling the Fish you Catch

Release Techniques for Marine Fishes


Other Information

Lee County Artificial Reef Program

Eating Guidelines for Marine and Estuarine Fish from Florida Waters (based on mercury content) 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guide, Southeast Region:  Information to make personal choices about seafood that is good for you and the world’s oceans



 

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marine agent Joy    Joy Hazell

(239) 533-7518 Telephone
(239) 485-2305 Fax

hazellje@leegov.com



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Extension Agent

 

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