• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable

    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

Fishing and Lobstering

With mangrove shorelines, seagrass meadows, sand flats, and deeper reefs and wrecks, Biscayne National Park offers diverse fishing experiences. Although the park is part of a federal agency, fishing and other harvesting activities are largely governed by state law. This somewhat unusual situation was written directly into the park's enabling legislation, the law that created the park and its predecessor, Biscayne National Monument. Park staff work with the State of Florida to promote regulations that ensure the long-term sustainability of fisheries resources. Park resource managers and law enforcement rangers frequently interview visitors fishing in the park to assess their catch and learn more about their fishing experience. These interactions not only ensure that fishig is being conducted in compiance with the state's regulations, but also provide biologists with important data that can be used to assess the condition of the park's fisheries resources. For example, ten years of interview data from Lobster Mini-Season were used to produce this report.

The following information is a summary of some of the most commonly used fishing and harvesting information for the park. Anglers are encouraged to visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website to become intimately familiar with the often-complex regulations. Please be aware that State of Florida fishing regulations are updated twice (effective January 1 and July 1) each year. Unanswered questions can be directed to the park's Division of Law Enforcement at 305-230-1144, x1148.

 
Students in Biscayne National Park's Fisheries Awareness Class listen intently to a speaker.

Participants in Biscayne's Fisheries Awareness Class come away with a better understanding of their favorite pastime.

NPS Photo by Steve Saul

Fisheries Awareness Class

Biscayne National Park now offers a FREE educational fishing clinic! Come learn more about angling on Biscayne's transparent, aquamarine waters, refresh your fish identification skills, and learn more about the fishing regulations and why they are important. Hear from long-time local fishing guides how to choose and maintain your tackle and gear, and pick up a few new fishing techniques. To learn more, visit our Fisheries Awareness Program page.

 

Recreational Saltwater Fishing License

A valid Florida State Recreational Saltwater Fishing License is required to fish anywhere in Biscayne National Park, including the jetty at Convoy Point. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's licensing information page to learn about the different license types and costs and ways to obtain a license. Note that there are some exemptions for this requirement, which are also listed on that website.

 

Florida State Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Fisheries Awareness Class Information

Spearing

Lobster

Biscayne Bay-Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary

2014 Lobstering Brochure - PDF

2014 Informacion Sobre Caza de Langosta - PDF

Lobster Fun Facts

Blue Crab

Stone Crab

Shrimp

The collection of tropical/ornamental aquarium species, including both plants and animals, is prohibited in Biscayne National Park.

The harvest of the giant land crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) is prohibited in Biscayne National Park.

Prohibited species include: Goliath Grouper, Nassau Grouper, Queen Conch, Smalltooth Sawfish, Sea Turtles, Stony Corals, Fire Corals, Sea Fans, Longspine Sea Urchins, and numerous species of sharks. For the full list, see the Florida State Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Did You Know?

Grass porgy photo by Carol Grant

If you added up all the different kinds of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone or Yosemite, you still wouldn't have the number of fish found in Biscayne National Park. You'll have to look closely to see many of them, including this grass porgy.