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You Can Fish Without a Saltwater License This Weekend

Gov. Charlie Crist has announced two free fishing weekends to help draw visitors to the beautiful Sunshine State. Both residents and nonresidents in Florida can fish for saltwater species around the state without a license during Memorial Day weekend, May 29 to May 31, and the weekend of June 5 and 6, which is the first weekend after Florida's popular red snapper season opens in the Gulf on June 1. All other fishing rules apply.

"Florida is the fishing capital of the world," Crist declared, "and our beaches are clean, the fish are biting, and we invite our friends to enjoy some Florida hospitality."

Chairman Rodney Barreto of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) applauded the governor's decision.

"Gov. Crist's actions to offer free fishing this weekend and next will do wonders for our business communities that have been suffering cancellations since the oil spill started," Barreto said. "We aren't experiencing any oil impacts here, and the fact remains that Florida is open for business."