Preserving The Future of Florida's Fisheries

The Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Certification Program, established by UF/IFAS, Florida Sea Grant and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, recognizes fishing guides who are committed to preserving the future of Florida’s fisheries through sustainable boating and fishing techniques.

This online certification course covers science-based techniques that ensure minimal environmental footprint of fishing. Participation in the Florida Friendly Fishing Guide program is voluntary, and the program involves no regulatory component. The course can be accessed via computer or smart phone and tablet. The course takes approximately four hours to complete and can be taken at your own pace in 20- to 30-minute chunks.

The certification is valid for three years. The $130 fee covers gear for the welcome packages for certified guides, program upkeep and evaluation, and administrative expenses such as web hosting. Once you complete the course, you can display your certification on your website and vessel, letting your customers know that you adhere to the highest environmental standards.

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Course Topics & Benefits
  • Introduction to Fisheries Management
  • Best Practices for Catch and Release Fishing
  • Seafood Safety and Handling
  • Sustainable Waste Management and Fueling
  • Overview of Marine Ecology
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Sustainable On-board Materials
  • Giving Back to Fisheries Management and Research

For a peek into the curriculum, check out Best Practices For Florida Friendly Fishing Guides and Basic Requirements for Florida Fishing Guides.

Following completion of the course, certified guides receive a ‘Welcome Package’ that includes:

  1. Vessel Decals
  2. 5-gallon Caddy Can and Liner
  3. Seaqualizer Descending Device
  4. 100% Cotton Towel
  5. Z-Man Baits
  6. Hurricane Brand Dehooker
  7. Floating Keychain
  8. Listing on the FFFG Directory
  9. Promotional Social Media Post on Florida Sea Grant’s Accounts
  10. Entry into the Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Facebook Group
What Guides Are saying

Scholarships available

A limited number of scholarships for 50% off the course registration fee are available.

Please fill out the short application to be considered. 

Book With A Florida Friendly Fishing Guide

Check out our statewide directory of Florida Friendly Fishing Guides to book your next outing with an eco-minded guide.

RegionGuideBusiness City, StatePhoneEmail Facebook Instagram Certified
NortheastCapt. Jim BrittonSalty Tales Fishing CharterPalm Coast, FL386-931-1547Capt. Jim Britton Instagram PageFeb-2020
NortheastCapt. Christ CastleWide Open Charters and Guide Service St. Augustine, FL904-669-3210Wide Open Charters and Guide Service Facebook PageJan-2021
NortheastCapt. Bill Duane Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing Jacksonville, FL 904-479-6871Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing Facebook PageApr-2021
NortheastCapt. Tony FernandezJacksonville, FLAug-2021
NortheastCapt. Drew A. HawkinsBald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC. Palm Coast, FL, Bald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC. Facebook PageMar-2020
NortheastCapt. Jacob Hardy Fishardy Charters St. Augustine, FL904-315-4758 Fishardy Charters Facebook PageFeb-2020
NortheastCapt. Fred LaagerShallow Water Fishing Company St. Augustine, FL904-429-6558 Shallow Water Fishing Company Facebook PageApr-2021
NortheastCapt. Al Morris First Coast Fishing Charters LLC St. Augustine, FL904 655-7035 First Coast Fishing Charters LLC Facebook PageCapt. Al Morris Instagram PageApr-2021
NortheastCapt. Frank Timmons, Jr.Off the Grid Fishing ChartersSt. Augustine, FL904-669-1475 Off The Grid Fishing Facebook PageMar-2020
NortheastCapt. Christopher BarrGreen Cove Springs, FL904-667-8858Jun-2022
Indian River LagoonJohn R. CaldwellAdventure Culture Education Inc New Smyrna Beach, FL502-532-1685Oct-2020
Indian River LagoonCapt. Michael BundyAngler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC.Port Canaveral and Ponce Inlet, Angler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC. Facebook PageJun-2020
Indian River LagoonCapt Jeff Kraynik The Coastal Sportsmen Sebastian Inlet, FL321-863-9182The Coastal Sportsmen Facebook PageMar-2020
Indian River LagoonCapt. Drew MixonGrass Flats Mafia Vero Beach, FL772-453-3989Grass Flats Mafia Facebook PageGrass Flats Mafia Instagram PageApr-2021
Indian River LagoonCapt. Corey Simmons On The Hook Charters Daytona Beach, FL386-631-8030On The Hook Charters Facebook Page On The Hook Charters Instagram PageJan-2020
Indian River LagoonBruce SkerbetzSebastian Inlet, FL732-762-1693Aug-2020
Indian River LagoonCapt. Mark WoodMWoutdoors ChartersMelbourne Beach, FL321-394-1001May-2020
Indian River LagoonCapt. Will WolfsonGrassroots Guide Service Melbourne Beach, FL407-620-5263 Grassroots Guide Service Instagram PageOct-2021
PanhandlePatricia LawsonOff the Beatn Path Kayak Charters Milton FL850-281-3445patriciahryniewicki@gmail.comMar-2022
PanhandleJohn BottcherMonticello, FL850-728-6097Jan-2021
PanhandleCapt. Cody Clauson 30A Inshore Charters Santa Rosa Beach, FL850-699-001430A Inshore Charters Facebook Page 30A Inshore Charters Instagram PageMar-2021
PanhandleCapt. John EdgarEdgar Environmental, Inc.Pensacola, FL832-784-3038The Reef Commander Facebook Page Edgar Environmental, Inc Instagram PageJun-2021
PanhandleCapt. Lance Moss Strike Hunter Adventures Niceville, FL 850-353-3997Strike Hunter Adventures Instagram PageMar-2021
PanhandleCapt. Hunter RayFlorida Boy Adventures Santa Rosa Beach, FL850-499-4473Florida Boy Adventures Facebook PageFlorida Boy Adventures Instagram PageAug-2020
PanhandleCapt. Chester Reese Natural World Charters Carrabelle, FL850-228-9060Jan-2021
PanhandleCapt. Larry ShultsTwisted Palms Salty Adventures Pensacola, FL606-416-2716twplmsaltyadventures@yahoo.comTwisted Palms Salty Adventures Facebook Page Twisted Palms Salty Adventures Instagram PageMay-2021
PanhandleMichael SmithSmitty’s Surf Fishing Navarre, FL850-529-5405Smitty’s Surf Fishing Facebook PageSmitty’s Surf Fishing Instagram PageJun-2021
PanhandleCapt. Tim WilderT-Man’s Charters Port St. Joe, FL850-227-5802T-Man's Charters Facebook PageBali Hai Charters Instagram PageFeb-2020
PanhandleMark RobinsonFort Walton Beach, FL937-631-6825markymarko7@yahoo.comMay-2022
Big BendJeff BlantonBienville PlantationWhite Springs, FL229-292-4587Aug-2020
Big BendBob CutBob’s BoatsSt. Marks. FL850-925-1166Sept-2020
Big BendCapt. Katie Jo Davis KD Outdoors Fishing Charters Yankeetown, FL772-882-8932 KD Outdoors Fishing Charters Facebook PageKD Outdoors Fishing Charters Instagram PageJun-2021
Big BendCapt. Bryan FrechetteFish Hunter Tours Crystal River, FL352-697-2874 Fish Hunter Tours Facebook PageFish Hunter Tours Instagram PageOct-2019
Big BendCapt. Andrew Hammond Big Bite Charters Homosassa, FL404-803-8608 Big Bite Charters Facebook PageBig Bite Charters Instagram PageMar-2021
Big BendCapt. Dave HustonHuston Outdoor Adventures Crystal River, FL352-427-4814Huston Outdoor Adventures Facebook PageHuston Outdoor Adventures Instagram PageAug-2021
Big BendCapt. Paul KolaciaPT Airboat Adventures  Homosassa, FL352-262-4490PT Airboat Adventures Facebook PagePT Airboat Adventures Instagram PageAug-2020
Big BendCapt. David Maki Finntastick Charters  Homosassa, FL352-601-1525Finntastickcharters@gmail.comFinntastick Charters Facebook PageFeb-2020
Big BendCapt. Kyle Messier Reel Florida Fishing Adventures Crystal River, FL 352-634-4002 Reel Florida Fishing Adventures Facebook PageReel Florida Fishing Adventures Instagram PageAug-2020
Big BendCapt. Michael NeuSalt Marsh Charters High Springs, FL615-971-9536Salt Marsh Charters Instagram PageSept-2020
Big BendCapt. Kyle Skipper Marker One Flats Charters Steinhatchee, FL352-317-1654Marker One Flats Charters Facebook PageMarker One Flats Charters Instagram PageAug-2020
Big BendCapt. Kate SprattCaptain Kate Spratt ChartersHomosassa, FL352-400-9747 Captain Kate Spratt Charters Facebook PageApr-2020
Big BendBrian StaufferFishhead Kayak Charters Homosassa, FL352-442-4311Fishhead Kayak Charters Instagram PageSept-2019
Big BendCapt. Houston ThomasSaltLick Outfitters LLC. Steinhatchee, FL813-375-1033SaltLick Outfitters LLC. Facebook PageFeb-2020
Big BendCapt. Denny VoylesVoyles Guide Service Cedar Key, FL352-339-2034Aug-2020
Big BendCapt. Nick WarringtonHigh Octane Fishing Crystal River, FL352-212-5070 High Octane Fishing Facebook PageNov-2019
Big BendCapt. Brent WoodardReel Native Fishing Charters Horseshoe Beach, FL352-284-5514 Reel Native Fishing Charters Facebook PageReel Native Fishing Charters Instagram PageAug-2020
Big BendHenry “Buz” Bireline Kingfisher Kayak Adventures Gainesville, FL 352-448-8101Dec-2021
Big BendCapt. Memphis ZachryFish Crystal River, LLC Crystal River, FL352-212-8327Fish Crystal River, LLC Facebook PageFish Crystal River, LLC Instagram PageOct-2021
Big BendCapt. Chris WilliamsonWilliamson Outfitters LLC, Apalachicola, FL850-251-8650Apr-2022
West CentralCapt. Christopher Barton Reel Diversion Charters Bradenton, FL941-405-9689 Reel Diversion Charters Facebook PageReel Diversion Charters Instagram PageSept-2020
West CentralCapt. Josh BiblerCaptain Bibbs Fishing Charters Palmetto, FL 941-840-1008Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters Facebook PageCaptain Bibbs Fishing Charters Instagram PageFeb-2020
West CentralCapt. Brandon CsaszarAnclote Charters Tarpon Springs, FL727-741-3394Anclote Charters Facebook Page Anclote Charters Instagram PageMay-2021
West CentralJohn Cento Nature Tours USA Clermont, FL,352-432-2140Dec-2020
West CentralCapt. Jeremy FrioudFrioud Family Charters Clearwater, FL727-492-7362Apr-2021
West CentralCapt. Jim GalbraithFlorida MemoriesSt. Petersburg, FL813-499-4608Florida Memories Facebook PageSept-2020
West CentralBuddy HarrisonEcoTrek Family Fishing and Kayak ToursTampa, FL 813-928-3806Oct-2020
West CentralCapt. Charlie HowellEbb & Flow Charters Tampa, FL813-598-1191Ebb & Flow Charters Facebook PageEbb & Flow Charters Instagram PageJun-2020
West CentralArthur “AJ” Jackson AJ’s Bass Guides Orlando, FL407-288-9670AJ’s Bass Guides Facebook PageAJ’s Bass Guides Instagram PageSep-2020
West CentralCapt. Steve JohnsonFlats Snookin Inshore Charters LLC Port Richey, FL727-207-6067Flats Snookin Inshore Charters Facebook Page Flats Snookin Inshore Charters LLC Instagram PageMar-2021
West CentralCapt. Scott MooreMoore FishingAnna Maria, FL941-713-1921captscottkm@aol.comMoore Fishing Charters Facebook PageAug-2020
West CentralCapt. Kevin MurphyCowboys Trophy Charters Largo, FL513-507-3726ktmurphy255@gmail.comSept-2020
West CentralCapt. Parker PopeInternational SailorsTampa, FL813-382-2216 International Sailors Facebook PageSept-2020
West CentralCapt. Douglas C. Ricciardi Tearin’ Em Up! Fishing Charters & Nature Tours Sarasota, FL941-587-6150Sept-2020
West CentralCapt. Zac TappNiche Fishing Charters, LLC Bradenton, FL561-308-1398Aug-2020
West CentralJoseph UrbinoReel Honor FishingHudson, FLAug-2021
West CentralCapt. Michael B. YonkerFlorida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters Sarasota, FL941-500-2485Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters Facebook PageMar-2020
West CentralCapt. Brian RileyAnclote Adventures Tarpon Springs, FL813-629-2308brian@ancloteadventures.comAnclote Adventures Facebook PageAnclote Adventures Instagram PageJun-2020
SouthwestCapt. Bo BartholomewIn the Loop Fishing Charters Pineland, FL239-357-5104Apr-2021
SouthwestCapt. Christian Hunter Brown Hunter Brown Charters Boca Grande, FL941-735-1820Hunter Brown Charters Facebook PageSept-2019
SouthwestCorey W. CampbellFlorida National Parks Association (Big Cypress Institute) Ochopee, FL239-719-2483Florida National Parks Association (Big Cypress Institute) Facebook Page  Instagram PageSept-2020
SouthwestCapt. Rich Damianos Reel Rich Fishing Punta Gorda, FL607-327-0221Reel Rich Fishing Facebook PageOct-2019
SouthwestCapt. John DantGet Some Charters Everglades City/Naples, FL239-331-0209Get Some Charters Facebook PageApr-2020
SouthwestCapt. Larry DeHaysDeHays Charters (non-fishing eco-tours)Sanibel, FL239-691-7623Oct-2020
SouthwestCapt. Becca deRosaKids’ Needs of Greater EnglewoodEnglewood, FL315-256-6613bcderosa63@gmail.comOct-2020
SouthwestCapt. Kenny DiBiaseFlorida Freedom ChartersSanibel, FL239-476-2904Florida Freedom Charters Facebook PageOct-2020
SouthwestCapt. Daniel T. EdwardsAmVetChartersPunta Gorda, FL941-268-0810AmVetCharters Facebook PageNov-2020
SouthwestCapt. Van HubbardFamily Fun Fishing Englewood, FL941-468-4017Family Fun Fishing Facebook PageJul-2020
SouthwestCapt. Jeff JarrPunta Gorda, FLSept-2021
SouthwestCapt. Joe McNichols Show and Tell Charters Everglades City, FL 239-821-3305Aug-2020
SouthwestCapt. Chris NewberryOutcast Charter Company Ponce de Leon/Punta Gorda Isles, FL941-628-0359Outcast Charter Company Facebook PageNov-2019
SouthwestCapt. Barry NichollsCapt. Barry Cuda Charters Naples, FL239-860-7227Capt. Barry Cuda Charters Facebook PageNov-2020
SouthwestCapt. Harold Roebuck III Go on the Water Charters Venice, FL863-381-6734Go on the Water Charters Facebook PageMar-2021
SouthwestCapt. Bill Schwalm Better Days Charter Service St. James City, FL239-887-1494Sept-2020
SouthwestCapt. William SchwartzmillerPort of the Islands ChartersNaples, FL 239-642-8818Mar-2020
SouthwestCapt. Don TaylorBack Bay ChartersPunta Rassa, FL239-850-9569Oct-2020
SouthwestCapt. Scott WilhelmBokeelia, FL941-979-0110Apr-2021
SouthwestCapt. Bobby Woodard  Fly ‘Em High Charters Boca Grande, FL863-224-1418 Fly ‘Em High Charters Facebook PageFeb-2022
SouthwestCapt. Joe SavocaEstero Bay Adventures Fort Myers FL215-534-0275Estero Bay Adventures Facebook PageApr-2022
South Capt. Brian Branigan Keys Boat Tours  Big Pine Key, FL306-699-7166 Keys Boat Tours Facebook PageAug-2020
South Capt. Diego CordovaFlat Out Sportfishing Marathon, FL305-395-1228Flat Out Sportfishing Facebook PageFlat Out Sportfishing Instagram PageFeb-2020
South Capt. Bob Dorchak Medicine Man Fishing Charters of the Lower Keys Summerland Key, FL305-900-7488Jun-2020
South Capt. Charlie FilpesKey Largo Adventures Islamorada, FL305-975-4885Key Largo Adventures Facebook PageKey Largo Adventures Instagram PageApr-2020
South Capt. Steve Friedman A Fishing Guide LLC Islamorada, FL305-393-3474A Fishing Guide LLC Instagram PageOct-2020
South Capt. Chris GowensKoko Charters Key West, FL305-992-8517Koko Charters Instagram PageNov-2020
South Jim HarmonSchool of FishFt. Lauderdale, FL561-376-0574School of Fish Instagram PageSept-2020
South Capt. Dax HallockCoast2Coast Charters LLC786-760-1006Sept-2020
South Capt. Willie HowardCapt. Willie’s Charters Riviera Beach, FL561-307-3047Capt. Willie’s Charters Facebook PageCapt. Willie’s Charters Instagram PageMar-2020
South Capt. Clyde Morgan JewettFlats Angler, LLC. d/b/a Florida Backcountry Fishing Islamorada, FL305-790-5526Flats Angler, LLC. Instagram PageJul-2020
South Capt. Kyle Kelso All Water Charters Key West, FLKey West, FLAll Water Charters Facebook PageAll Water Charters Instagram PageJun-2020
South Capt. Ron LawsonRiver Keys FishingCudjoe Key, FL717-571-0179Mar-2020
South Capt. John M. Miller Calypso Charters Ramrod Key, FL305-735-4951Calypso Charters Facebook PageCalypso Charters Instagram PageSept-2020
South Capt. Rich Mitchell Phase One Backcountry Charters Islamorada, FL305-393-0729Sept-2020
South Capt. Bill TaylorBlack Dog Fishing Charters Jupiter, FL561-744-5700Black Dog Fishing Charters Facebook PageBlack Dog Fishing Charters Instagram PageJan-2020
South Johann Barata786-715-6282Oct-2021
South Capt. Christopher LenahanOracle Expeditions Fly Fishing And Light Tackle Charters Riviera Beach FL561-444-6970oracleexpeditions@gmail.comOracle Expeditions Fly Fishing And Light Tackle Charters Facebook Page Oracle Expeditions Fly Fishing And Light Tackle Charters Instagram PageApr-2022
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Got questions about the Florida Friendly Fishing Certification Program? Reach out to our regional contacts listed below.