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Recreational Shrimping Information
(Rule 68B-31, F.A.C.)
License Requirement: Recreational saltwater fishing license (resident or non-resident), unless
a recreational saltwater fishing license applies.
Bag limit: 5 gallons heads on per person per day, maximum possession limit of 5 gallons per
vessel at any time.
Size limit: None
Closed season: April and May closed to Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler, & Clay
counties.
Closed areas: Contact your nearest FWC Law Enforcement office for local restrictions
Allowable recreational nets for the harvest of shrimp:
• Landing or dip net with an opening no larger than 96 inches around the perimeter;
• Cast net with a stretched length (the distance from the horn at the center of the net, with the net
gathered and pulled taut, to the lead line) no greater than 14 feet;
• Push net - "Push net" means a mesh net or bag attached to the outer edges of a triangular or
rectangular rigid frame with a handle attached that is fished by being pushed across the bottom
by a person wading;
• One frame net ("Frame net" means a net in the form of an elongated bag kept open by a rigid
frame that is buoyed by floats and is not fished or dragged along the bottom), with an opening
no larger than 16 feet around the perimeter, if deployed from a vessel or from a structure other
than an operational bridge or causeway or catwalk attached to such bridge or causeway.
(Frame nets shall not be considered an allowable gear for persons harvesting shrimp pursuant
to this rule in any waters of the Southeast Region in Dade County); or
• A beach or haul seine with a mesh area no larger than 500 square feet, mesh size no large
than 2 inches stretched mesh, and may not be made of monofilament.
Trawls are not an allowable gear for the recreational harvest of any saltwater species in Florida,
including shrimp.
Shrimp Trap Information (370.15, Florida Statutes):
(3) SHRIMP TRAPS.--
(a) It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to take or attempt to take shrimp by the use
of any trap which:
1. Exceeds the following dimensions: 36 inches long (from rear of the heart to the leading edge
of the trap), by 24 inches wide (between the leading edges of the trap, or heart opening), by 12
inches high; or
2. Has external or unattached wings, weirs, or other devices intended to funnel shrimp to the
trap heart.
(b) This subsection shall not be construed to restrict the allowable shape or configuration of any
shrimp trap so long as the trap, together with all of its parts, conforms to the specifications of
paragraph (a).
(c) Any shrimp trap which conforms to the specifications of paragraph (a) shall not be
considered a pound net.
(d) The user of any trap shall affix his or her name and address securely to each trap. Any such
trap not having proper identification is subject to confiscation by the commission. No person,
firm, or corporation shall have more than four traps in use at any time. The commission shall
have the authority to inspect such traps when being used in or on the waters of the state.
(e) The presence of unattended shrimp traps on or attached to beaches, causeways, seawalls,
bridges, or any other structures open for use by the public is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
Any such trap which is not attended by the person whose name is affixed to the trap is subject to
confiscation by the commission.
Baiting Information (68B-31.007 Florida Administrative Code):
(3) Baiting - A person harvesting shrimp pursuant to this rule may use a cast net in conjunction
with nonmetal poles to bait shrimp if such use is in compliance with the following restrictions.
(a) No more than 5 poles shall be set at any one time by any person.
(b) Each pole may not exceed one inch in diameter.
(c) Poles shall be driven into the bottom, set no closer than 10 yards apart, and the distance
between the first and last pole shall not exceed 50 yards.
(d) Poles shall only be set, fished, and retrieved during daylight hours. The term “daylight hours”
means the period beginning 1/2 hour before official sunrise and continuing through 1/2 hour
after official sunset, each day. All poles shall be removed each day by 1/2 hour after official
sunset.
(e) Each pole shall be marked with white reflective tape.
(f) No pole shall be set within 50 yards of any dock, pier, public boat landing or ramp, seawall,
jetty, or bridge.
(g) Poles shall be tended at all times. The term “tend” means that the harvester is within 100
yards of the nearest pole at all times.
Information Provided By The Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Did You Know?

A shrimp "swims" by quickly
pulling its abdomen in toward
its carapace (body). This
motion shoots it through the
water. Shrimp swim
backwards.
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