Florida Wildlife Commission debuts free fishing course

File photo: An unidentified man gives a thumbs-up as he goes fishing along the banks of the Ocala Boat Basin near the Ocklawaha River at Ray Wayside Park in Silver Springs, Fla. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]

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Posted May 14, 2024 | staff report

The Florida Wildlife Commission announces a new free online program called the Florida Friendly Angler, for those new or experienced to fishing.

Participants will learn about best fishing practices, protecting fish habitat, and marine fisheries management.

In a media release, the FWC indicated hopes that the educational tool will be utilized by “clubs focused on the great outdoors, fishing and stewardship.”

The FWC also says the program can be used to educate family and friends “in conservation practices to help ensure fishing opportunities for current and future generations.”

Upon completing the course, participants will receive an electronic certificate and a mailed weatherproof Florida Friendly Angler decal.

The course is also available in Spanish.

Register for the Florida Friendly Angler program by visiting flseagrant.org/fisheries.

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