Governor Crist announces free fishing weekend in honor of Father's Day
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Media contact: Governor's Press Office, 850-488-5394; Lee Schlesinger (FWC), 850-487-0554
Gov. Charlie Crist announced on Tuesday another
free fishing weekend to encourage people, especially dads and their
kids, to get out and catch saltwater fish along Florida's beautiful
coastlines. The announcement follows a briefing on the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill's impact to Florida waters with
President Obama in Pensacola. All Florida residents and
visitors are invited to fish statewide for saltwater species
without a license during the upcoming Father's Day weekend, June
19-20. All other saltwater fishing rules continue to
"Extending a special, free fishing weekend is
another reminder that Florida is still the fishing capital of the
world," Crist said. "Our vast Gulf and Atlantic coastal waters are
open for fishing, and I encourage everyone, particularly fathers
and their families, to take advantage of this free fishing weekend
Crist previously designated this year's Memorial
Day weekend and the first weekend in June as free fishing weekends.
Chairman Rodney Barreto of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) was pleased with the governor's new
"Gov. Crist's actions to extend another free
fishing weekend will help bring families together to enjoy the
outdoors and lend a hand to Florida's fishing communities, which
have been suffering due to mistaken perceptions that fishing is not
open because of the BP oil spill," Barreto said.
The FWC continues to vigorously monitor the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is working closely with Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson to prepare for any action that might be needed to further
protect Florida's saltwater fisheries and ensure that Florida
seafood is safe to eat.
Crist and the President were briefed on the oil
spill by Adm.Thad Allen at a Pensacola seafood restaurant.
Afterward, Crist joined the President for a tour of Pensacola's