Shrimping Laws



The Florida Constitution implements laws that regulate recreational shrimping in the State of Florida and gives powers to the Fish and Wildlife Commission to enforce the laws in Article IV, Section 9. Effective January 1st, In 2001, the State designated shrimp as a restricted species, placing its regulation underneath the power of the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

If you want to shrimp commercially in Tampa Bay, you had better have had secured a license before June 30th, 1992 and renewed it every single year since. If not, you are out of luck.

According to the State Law, a Fishing License is required in most circumstances in order to shrimp in the State of Florida. There are exceptions to this requirement, as noted in this article but for most people, a fishing license will be required.

Except for persons harvesting shrimp commercially as either a food shrimp producer or a live bait shrimp producer, each person harvesting shrimp in or on the waters of the state shall comply with the requirements specified in this rule.

It is unlawful to catch or attempt to catch shrimp or prawn in the territorial waters of the state in any county whose coastal boundary borders solely on the Atlantic Ocean, by use of trawl nets during night hours except during the months of June, July, and August...

No person shall operate as a food shrimp producer in any waters of Tampa Bay unless such person has procured from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission a dead shrimp production permit issued pursuant to this rule.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking fishermen to be on the lookout for nonnative giant tiger prawn after a recent sighting in East Bay near Panama City. The Sept. 19 catch marks the first time a giant tiger prawn was reported to the FWC in Florida's northern Gulf of Mexico waters. Reports have been common in Atlantic coastal waters, and three were reported off the coast of St. Augustine this summer. Biologists are also working to confirm reports of another sighting in Pensacola Bay.

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