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
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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

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

RegionGuideBusinessCity, StatePhoneEmailFacebookInstagramCertified
NortheastCapt. Jim Britton

Salty Tales Fishing Charter

Palm Coast, FL386-931-1547Capt. Jim Britton Instagram PageFeb-20
NortheastCapt. Christ Castle

Wide Open Charters and Guide Service

St. Augustine, FL904-669-3210Wide Open Charters and Guide Service Facebook PageJan-21
NortheastCapt. Bill Duane

Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing

Jacksonville, FL904-479-6871Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing Facebook PageApr-21
NortheastCapt. Tony FernandezJacksonville, FLAug-21
NortheastCapt. Drew A. Hawkins

Bald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC.

Palm Coast, FL,407-256-1433baldeaglefishingcharters@gmail.com Bald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC. Facebook PageMar-20
NortheastCapt. Jacob Hardy

Fishardy Charters

St. Augustine, FL904-315-4758 Fishardy Charters Facebook PageFeb-20
NortheastCapt. Fred Laager

Shallow Water Fishing Company

St. Augustine, FL904-429-6558 Shallow Water Fishing Company Facebook PageApr-21
NortheastCapt. Al Morris

First Coast Fishing Charters LLC

St. Augustine, FL904 655-7035 First Coast Fishing Charters LLC Facebook PageCapt. Al Morris Instagram PageApr-21
NortheastCapt. Frank Timmons, Jr.Off the Grid Fishing ChartersSt. Augustine, FL904-669-1475 Off The Grid Fishing Facebook PageMar-20
NortheastCapt. Chris BarrGreen Cove Springs, FL904-667-8858Jun-22
Indian River Lagoon*John R. CaldwellAdventure Culture Education Inc New Smyrna Beach, FL502-532-1685Oct-20
Indian River LagoonCapt. Michael BundyAngler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC.Port Canaveral and Ponce Inlet, FL407-399-5605AMFishingCharters@aol.com Angler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC. Facebook PageJun-20
Indian River LagoonCapt Jeff Kraynik

The Coastal Sportsmen

Sebastian Inlet, FL321-863-9182The Coastal Sportsmen Facebook PageMar-20
Indian River Lagoon*Capt. Drew Mixon

Grass Flats Mafia

Vero Beach, FL772-453-3989Grass Flats Mafia Facebook PageGrass Flats Mafia Instagram PageApr-21
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-20
Indian River Lagoon*Bruce SkerbetzSebastian Inlet, FL732-762-1693Aug-20
Indian River LagoonCapt. Mark WoodMWoutdoors ChartersMelbourne Beach, FL321-394-1001May-20
Indian River LagoonCapt. Will Wolfson

Grassroots Guide Service

Melbourne Beach, FL407-620-5263Grassroots Guide Service Instagram PageOct-21
Panhandle*Patricia LawsonOff the Beatn Path Kayak ChartersMilton FL850-281-3445patriciahryniewicki@gmail.comMar-22
Panhandle*John BottcherMonticello, FL850-728-6097Jan-21
PanhandleCapt. Cody Clauson

30A Inshore Charters

Santa Rosa Beach, FL850-699-001430A Inshore Charters Facebook Page 30A Inshore Charters Instagram PageMar-21
PanhandleCapt. John EdgarEdgar Environmental, Inc.Pensacola, FL832-784-3038The Reef Commander Facebook Page Edgar Environmental, Inc Instagram PageJun-21
PanhandleCapt. Lance Moss

Strike Hunter Adventures

Niceville, FL 850-353-3997Strike Hunter Adventures Instagram PageMar-21
PanhandleCapt. Hunter Ray

Florida Boy Adventures

Santa Rosa Beach, FL850-499-4473Florida Boy Adventures Facebook PageFlorida Boy Adventures Instagram PageAug-20
PanhandleCapt. Chester Reese

Natural World Charters

Carrabelle, FL850-228-9060Jan-21
PanhandleCapt. Larry Shults

Twisted Palms Salty Adventures

Pensacola, FL606-416-2716twplmsaltyadventures@yahoo.comTwisted Palms Salty Adventures Facebook Page Twisted Palms Salty Adventures Instagram PageMay-21
Panhandle*Michael Smith

Smitty’s Surf Fishing

Navarre, FL850-529-5405Smitty’s Surf Fishing Facebook PageSmitty’s Surf Fishing Instagram PageJun-21
PanhandleCapt. Tim Wilder

T-Man’s Charters

Port St. Joe, FL850-227-5802T-Man's Charters Facebook PageBali Hai Charters Instagram PageFeb-20
Panhandle*Mark RobinsonFort Walton Beach, FL937-631-6825markymarko7@yahoo.comMay-22
PanhandleCapt. Lee Thompson

Shallow Seas Charters

Port St. Joe, FL850-247-0799shallowseascharters@gmail.comShallow Seas Charters Facebook PageShallow Seas Charters Instagram PageSep-22
PanhandleCapt. Dwight "Deuce" MinnickEglin Airforce Base, FL850-333-1797ddm1@minnickagency.comMy Best Day Fishing Charters Facebook PageApr-22
Big Bend*Jeff BlantonBienville PlantationWhite Springs, FL229-292-4587Aug-20
Big Bend*Bob CutBob’s BoatsSt. Marks. FL850-925-1166Sep-20
Big BendCapt. Katie Jo Davis

KD Outdoors Fishing Charters

Yankeetown, FL772-882-8932 KD Outdoors Fishing Charters Facebook PageKD Outdoors Fishing Charters Instagram PageJun-21
Big BendCapt. Bryan Frechette

Fish Hunter Tours

Crystal River, FL352-697-2874 Fish Hunter Tours Facebook PageFish Hunter Tours Instagram PageOct-19
Big BendCapt. Andrew Hammond

Big Bite Charters

Homosassa, FL404-803-8608 Big Bite Charters Facebook PageBig Bite Charters Instagram PageMar-21
Big BendCapt. Dave Huston

Huston Outdoor Adventures

Crystal River, FL352-427-4814Huston Outdoor Adventures Facebook PageHuston Outdoor Adventures Instagram PageAug-21
Big BendCapt. Paul Kolacia

PT Airboat Adventures

 Homosassa, FL352-262-4490PT Airboat Adventures Facebook PagePT Airboat Adventures Instagram PageAug-20
Big BendCapt. David Maki

Finntastick Charters

 Homosassa, FL352-601-1525Finntastickcharters@gmail.comFinntastick Charters Facebook PageFeb-20
Big BendCapt. Kyle Messier

Reel Florida Fishing Adventures

Crystal River, FL352-634-4002 Reel Florida Fishing Adventures Facebook PageReel Florida Fishing Adventures Instagram PageAug-20
Big BendCapt. Michael NeuSalt Marsh Charters High Springs, FL615-971-9536Salt Marsh Charters Instagram PageSep-20
Big BendCapt. Kyle Skipper

Marker One Flats Charters

Steinhatchee, FL352-317-1654Marker One Flats Charters Facebook PageMarker One Flats Charters Instagram PageAug-20
Big BendCapt. Kate SprattCaptain Kate Spratt ChartersHomosassa, FL352-400-9747 Captain Kate Spratt Charters Facebook PageApr-20
Big Bend*Brian Stauffer

Fishhead Kayak Charters

Homosassa, FL352-442-4311Fishhead Kayak Charters Instagram PageSep-19
Big BendCapt. Houston Thomas

SaltLick Outfitters LLC.

Steinhatchee, FL813-375-1033SaltLick Outfitters LLC. Facebook PageFeb-20
Big BendCapt. Denny Voyles

Voyles Guide Service

Cedar Key, FL352-339-2034Aug-20
Big BendCapt. Nick Warrington

High Octane Fishing

Crystal River, FL352-212-5070 High Octane Fishing Facebook PageNov-19
Big BendCapt. Brent Woodard

Reel Native Fishing Charters

Horseshoe Beach, FL352-284-5514 Reel Native Fishing Charters Facebook PageReel Native Fishing Charters Instagram PageAug-20
Big BendHenry “Buz” Bireline

Kingfisher Kayak Adventures

Gainesville, FL 352-448-8101Dec-21
Big BendCapt. Memphis Zachry

Fish Crystal River, LLC

Crystal River, FL352-212-8327Fish Crystal River, LLC Facebook PageFish Crystal River, LLC Instagram PageOct-21
Big BendCapt. Chris Williamson

Williamson Outfitters LLC

Apalachicola, FL850-251-8650Apr-22
Big BendCapt. Chris Wagoner

Outdoors with Capt. Chris Wagoner

Ozello to Steinhatchee, FL352-278-1054chris@outdoorswithcw.comOutdoors with Capt. Chris Wagoner Facebook PageOutdoors with Chris Wagoner Instagram PageAug-22
Big BendCapt. Randy Matheny

Muddy Tail Charters

Eustis, FL352-551-6304muddytailcharters@gmail.comOutdoors with Capt. Chris Wagoner Facebook PageMuddy Tail ChartersSep-22
Big Bend*Patrick Abbott

PJ's Kayak Fishing & Adventures

Williston, FL352-681-0986pjkayaking@gmail.comSep-22
West CentralCapt. Christopher Barton

Reel Diversion Charters

Bradenton, FL941-405-9689 Reel Diversion Charters Facebook PageReel Diversion Charters Instagram PageSep-20
West CentralCapt. Josh Bibler

Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters

Palmetto, FL 941-840-1008Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters Facebook PageCaptain Bibbs Fishing Charters Instagram PageFeb-20
West CentralCapt. Brandon Csaszar

Anclote Charters

Tarpon Springs, FL727-741-3394Anclote Charters Facebook Page Anclote Charters Instagram PageMay-21
West Central*John Cento

Nature Tours USA

Clermont, FL,352-432-2140Dec-20
West CentralCapt. Jeremy Frioud

Frioud Family Charters

Clearwater, FL727-492-7362Apr-21
West CentralCapt. Jim GalbraithFlorida MemoriesSt. Petersburg, FL813-499-4608Florida Memories Facebook PageSep-20
West Central*Buddy HarrisonEcoTrek Family Fishing and Kayak ToursTampa, FL813-928-3806Oct-20
West CentralCapt. Charlie Howell

Ebb & Flow Charters

Tampa, FL813-598-1191Ebb & Flow Charters Facebook PageEbb & Flow Charters Instagram PageJun-20
West Central*Arthur “AJ” Jackson

AJ’s Bass Guides

Orlando, FL407-288-9670AJ’s Bass Guides Facebook PageAJ’s Bass Guides Instagram PageSep-20
West CentralCapt. Steve Johnson

Flats Snookin Inshore Charters LLC

Port Richey, FL727-207-6067Flats Snookin Inshore Charters Facebook Page Flats Snookin Inshore Charters LLC Instagram PageMar-21
West CentralCapt. Scott MooreMoore FishingAnna Maria, FL941-713-1921captscottkm@aol.comMoore Fishing Charters Facebook PageAug-20
West CentralCapt. Kevin MurphyCowboys Trophy ChartersLargo, FL513-507-3726ktmurphy255@gmail.comSep-20
West CentralCapt. Parker PopeInternational SailorsTampa, FL813-382-2216 International Sailors Facebook PageSep-20
West CentralCapt. Douglas C. Ricciardi

Tearin’ Em Up! Fishing Charters & Nature Tours

Sarasota, FL941-587-6150Sep-20
West CentralCapt. Zac Tapp

Niche Fishing Charters, LLC

Bradenton, FL561-308-1398Aug-20
West Central*Joseph UrbinoReel Honor FishingHudson, FLAug-21
West CentralCapt. Michael B. Yonker

Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters

Sarasota, FL941-500-2485Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters Facebook PageMar-20
West CentralCapt. Brian Riley

Anclote Adventures

Tarpon Springs, FL813-629-2308brian@ancloteadventures.comAnclote Adventures Facebook PageAnclote Adventures Instagram PageJun-20
West CentralCapt. Matt KarwoskiMow Fish ChartersBelleair Beach, FL727-331-1700brian@ancloteadventures.comJul-22
SouthwestCapt. Bo Bartholomew

In the Loop Fishing Charters

Pineland, FL239-357-5104Apr-21
SouthwestCapt. Christian Hunter Brown

Hunter Brown Charters

Boca Grande, FL941-735-1820Hunter Brown Charters Facebook PageSep-19
Southwest*Corey W. Campbell

Florida National Parks Association (Big Cypress Institute)

Ochopee, FL239-719-2483Florida National Parks Association (Big Cypress Institute) Facebook Page  Instagram PageSep-20
SouthwestCapt. Rich Damianos

Reel Rich Fishing

Punta Gorda, FL607-327-0221Reel Rich Fishing Facebook PageOct-19
SouthwestCapt. John Dant

Get Some Charters

Everglades City/Naples, FL239-331-0209Get Some Charters Facebook PageApr-20
Southwest*Capt. Larry DeHaysDeHays Charters (non-fishing eco-tours)Sanibel, FL239-691-7623Oct-20
SouthwestCapt. Becca deRosaKids’ Needs of Greater EnglewoodEnglewood, FL315-256-6613bcderosa63@gmail.comOct-20
SouthwestCapt. Kenny DiBiaseFlorida Freedom ChartersSanibel, FL239-476-2904Florida Freedom Charters Facebook PageOct-20
SouthwestCapt. Daniel T. EdwardsAmVetChartersPunta Gorda, FL941-268-0810AmVetCharters Facebook PageNov-20
SouthwestCapt. Van Hubbard

Family Fun Fishing

Englewood, FL941-468-4017Family Fun Fishing Facebook PageJul-20
SouthwestCapt. Jeff JarrPunta Gorda, FLSep-21
SouthwestCapt. Joe McNichols

Show and Tell Charters

Everglades City, FL239-821-3305Aug-20
SouthwestCapt. Chris Newberry

Outcast Charter Company

Ponce de Leon/Punta Gorda Isles, FL941-628-0359Outcast Charter Company Facebook PageNov-19
SouthwestCapt. Barry Nicholls

Capt. Barry Cuda Charters

Naples, FL239-860-7227Capt. Barry Cuda Charters Facebook PageNov-20
SouthwestCapt. Harold Roebuck III

Go on the Water Charters

Venice, FL863-381-6734Go on the Water Charters Facebook PageMar-21
SouthwestCapt. Bill Schwalm

Better Days Charter Service

St. James City, FL239-887-1494Sep-20
SouthwestCapt. William SchwartzmillerPort of the Islands ChartersNaples, FL239-642-8818Mar-20
SouthwestCapt. Don TaylorBack Bay ChartersPunta Rassa, FL239-850-9569Oct-20
SouthwestCapt. Scott WilhelmBokeelia, FL941-979-0110Apr-21
SouthwestCapt. Bobby Woodard

Fly ‘Em High Charters

Boca Grande, FL863-224-1418 Fly ‘Em High Charters Facebook PageFeb-22
SouthwestCapt. Joe Savoca

Estero Bay Adventures

Fort Myers FL215-534-0275Estero Bay Adventures Facebook PageApr-22
SouthwestCapt. Rick Harrison Jr.Gulf and Grove Fly FishingEnglewood, FL941-237-9492bcderosa63@gmail.comJun-21
SouthwestCapt. Roger Gendron

Drop Your Fly Fishing

Punta Gorda, FL941-769-7041info@dropyourflyfishing.com Drop Your Fly Fishing Facebook PageNov-22
SouthCapt. Brian Branigan

Keys Boat Tours

 Big Pine Key, FL306-699-7166 Keys Boat Tours Facebook PageAug-20
SouthCapt. Diego Cordova

Flat Out Sportfishing

Marathon, FL305-395-1228Flat Out Sportfishing Facebook PageFlat Out Sportfishing Instagram PageFeb-20
SouthCapt. Bob Dorchak

Medicine Man Fishing Charters of the Lower Keys

Summerland Key, FL305-900-7488Jun-20
SouthCapt. Charlie Filpes

Key Largo Adventures

Islamorada, FL305-975-4885Key Largo Adventures Facebook PageKey Largo Adventures Instagram PageApr-20
SouthCapt. Steve Friedman

A Fishing Guide LLC

Islamorada, FL305-393-3474A Fishing Guide LLC Instagram PageOct-20
SouthCapt. Chris Gowens

Koko Charters

Key West, FL305-992-8517Koko Charters Instagram PageNov-20
South*Jim HarmonSchool of FishFt. Lauderdale, FL561-376-0574School of Fish Instagram PageSep-20
SouthCapt. Dax HallockCoast2Coast Charters LLC786-760-1006Sep-20
SouthCapt. Willie Howard

Capt. Willie’s Charters

Riviera Beach, FL561-307-3047Capt. Willie’s Charters Facebook PageCapt. Willie’s Charters Instagram PageMar-20
SouthCapt. Clyde Morgan Jewett

Flats Angler, LLC. d/b/a Florida Backcountry Fishing

Islamorada, FL305-790-5526Flats Angler, LLC. Instagram PageJul-20
SouthCapt. Kyle Kelso

All Water Charters

Key West, FL305-509-2201All Water Charters Facebook PageAll Water Charters Instagram PageJun-20
SouthCapt. Ron LawsonRiver Keys FishingCudjoe Key, FL717-571-0179Mar-20
SouthCapt. John M. Miller

Calypso Charters

Ramrod Key, FL305-735-4951Calypso Charters Facebook PageCalypso Charters Instagram PageSep-20
SouthCapt. Rich Mitchell Phase One Backcountry Charters Islamorada, FL305-393-0729Sep-20
SouthCapt. Bill Taylor

Black Dog Fishing Charters

Jupiter, FL561-744-5700Black Dog Fishing Charters Facebook PageBlack Dog Fishing Charters Instagram PageJan-20
South*Johann Barata786-715-6282Oct-21
SouthCapt. Christopher Lenahan

Oracle 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-22
SouthCapt. Scott Ray

Sea2Table

Key Largo, FL305-431-5179serayfl@gmail.com Sea2Table - Scott E. RaySep-22

Listed guides have completed an educational course and pledged that they were clear of resource-related fish and wildlife violations for 3 or more years prior to their certification date. They were also checked for appropriate state licensing at the time of certification. Guides who operate fishing charters from motorized vessels in saltwater are required to have both a valid Merchant Mariner credential from the US Coast Guard as well as hold state fishing charter license(s) issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Guides who operate in federal waters might be subject to additional licensing; FSG does not have the ability to verify federal licensing.

*An asterix denotes guides who operate fishing trips solely from kayaks, shore, or only on inland freshwater bodies are not required to carry state fishing charter licensing. Similarly, guides who charter tours from motorized vessels that do not involve fishing must hold a Merchant Mariner credential from the US Coast Guard (earning them the title “Capt.”) and operate a vessel that is registered commercially, but are not required to carry a state fishing charter license. Charter vessels carrying more than 12 passengers must undergo inspection by the US Coast Guard.

If you are curious about a guide’s credentials, please do not hesitate to inquire.

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Contact Us

Got questions about the Florida Friendly Fishing Certification Program? Reach out to our regional contacts listed below.