Florida’s $8.7 million fishing license has reached a new milestone, as more than 3,000 anglers, trappers and fishers have registered with the Fish and Game Office for the 2018 season.
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2017-2018 statewide license registration began on Wednesday, with about 3,400 license holders registered with its office across the state, according to Fish and Gaming Commissioner Paul Schoenfeld.
That’s nearly half of the total registered statewide with the agency.
Schoenfeld said the increase is due to a two-year effort to increase fishing licenses statewide to meet rising demand for seafood, particularly from the South.
He said more than $2 million has been raised by fishing license holders through a variety of ways, including donations and other sources, as well as donations from individuals and businesses.
The Fish and Sports Commission and the Department of Fish and Fisheries have also been active in the effort.
A total of 466 fishing licenses were issued in 2018, according the Fish & Game Office.
The most common categories of licenses are commercial, recreational and specialty fishing, which are available for a fee.
Commercial licenses are for fishing up to a weight limit of 30 pounds.
Recreational licenses are valid for up to three days and specialty licenses for up a month.
The licensing authority has increased licensing fees on licenses for the fishing industry in the last several years, with fees rising from $5 for commercial licenses to $10 for specialty licenses.
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Department of Fisheries and Wildlife increased fees by $5 per license, to $40 per license.
Schulman said he anticipates more license holders will take advantage of the increase in fees.
He expects license holders to make the switch sooner than that.
“It’s a great opportunity to go back and check on the licenses you have in the area,” Schulman told The Associated Press.
“You can get them out and start hunting or catching.
I think it’s a really good time to be out fishing and catching.”
If people start catching it, then it’s like a win-win situation.
“Schoenfield said the Fish’s license fee for commercial license holders has remained steady at $20 since it began, and recreational license holders have also seen an increase of $5, from $50 to $60 per year.”
I think people will take the opportunity to get a license and then have the opportunity for it to be used for fishing,” Schoenfield told The AP.
The increase in licensing fees is expected to benefit anglers in the state and across the country.
According to the Fish, commercial licenses in Florida totaled nearly $2.8 billion in revenue in 2016, making up more than 70 percent of the state’s overall fishing industry.
Schneider said the fees will help keep the state in line with the industry.”
We have some pretty high fees on a commercial license, but for a recreational license, you get to keep the fishing license,” he said.
Schmidt said the license increase will be good news for the state.”
This is an industry that needs some help right now.
Schneiders office said he expects the license fees will also help make the state more competitive with other states in terms of license availability.”
It’s good news that we’re getting some help in Florida.”
Schneiders office said he expects the license fees will also help make the state more competitive with other states in terms of license availability.