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

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

RegionGuideBusiness City, StatePhoneEmail Facebook Instagram Certified
NortheastCapt. Jim Britton

Salty Tales Fishing Charter

Palm Coast, FL386-931-1547Capt. Jim Britton Instagram PageFeb-2020
NortheastCapt. Christ Castle

Wide 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, FL904-479-6871Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing Facebook PageApr-2021
NortheastCapt. Tony FernandezJacksonville, FLAug-2021
NortheastCapt. Drew A. Hawkins

Bald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC.

Palm Coast, FL,407-256-1433baldeaglefishingcharters@gmail.com 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 Laager

Shallow 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. Chris BarrGreen Cove Springs, FL904-667-8858Jun-2022
Indian River Lagoon*John 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, FL407-399-5605AMFishingCharters@aol.com 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 Lagoon*Capt. Drew Mixon

Grass 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 Lagoon*Bruce SkerbetzSebastian Inlet, FL732-762-1693Aug-2020
Indian River LagoonCapt. Mark WoodMWoutdoors ChartersMelbourne Beach, FL321-394-1001May-2020
Indian River LagoonCapt. Will Wolfson

Grassroots Guide Service

Melbourne Beach, FL407-620-5263 Grassroots Guide Service Instagram PageOct-2021
Panhandle*Patricia LawsonOff the Beatn Path Kayak ChartersMilton FL850-281-3445patriciahryniewicki@gmail.comMar-2022
Panhandle*John 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 Ray

Florida 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 Shults

Twisted Palms Salty Adventures

Pensacola, FL606-416-2716twplmsaltyadventures@yahoo.comTwisted Palms Salty Adventures Facebook Page Twisted Palms Salty Adventures Instagram PageMay-2021
Panhandle*Michael Smith

Smitty’s Surf Fishing

Navarre, FL850-529-5405Smitty’s Surf Fishing Facebook PageSmitty’s Surf Fishing Instagram PageJun-2021
PanhandleCapt. Tim Wilder

T-Man’s Charters

Port St. Joe, FL850-227-5802T-Man's Charters Facebook PageBali Hai Charters Instagram PageFeb-2020
Panhandle*Mark RobinsonFort Walton Beach, FL937-631-6825markymarko7@yahoo.comMay-2022
PanhandleCapt. Lee Thompson

Shallow Seas Charters

Port St. Joe, FL850-247-0799shallowseascharters@gmail.comShallow Seas Charters Facebook PageShallow Seas Charters Instagram PageSept-2022
Big Bend*Jeff BlantonBienville PlantationWhite Springs, FL229-292-4587Aug-2020
Big Bend*Bob 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 Frechette

Fish 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 Huston

Huston Outdoor Adventures

Crystal River, FL352-427-4814Huston Outdoor Adventures Facebook PageHuston Outdoor Adventures Instagram PageAug-2021
Big BendCapt. Paul Kolacia

PT 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, FL352-634-4002 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 Bend*Brian Stauffer

Fishhead Kayak Charters

Homosassa, FL352-442-4311Fishhead Kayak Charters Instagram PageSept-2019
Big BendCapt. Houston Thomas

SaltLick Outfitters LLC.

Steinhatchee, FL813-375-1033SaltLick Outfitters LLC. Facebook PageFeb-2020
Big BendCapt. Denny Voyles

Voyles Guide Service

Cedar Key, FL352-339-2034Aug-2020
Big BendCapt. Nick Warrington

High Octane Fishing

Crystal River, FL352-212-5070 High Octane Fishing Facebook PageNov-2019
Big BendCapt. Brent Woodard

Reel 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 Zachry

Fish Crystal River, LLC

Crystal River, FL352-212-8327Fish Crystal River, LLC Facebook PageFish Crystal River, LLC Instagram PageOct-2021
Big BendCapt. Chris Williamson

Williamson Outfitters LLC

Apalachicola, FL850-251-8650Apr-2022
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-2022
Big BendCapt. Randy Matheny

Muddy Tail Charters

Eustis, FL352-551-6304muddytailcharters@gmail.comOutdoors with Capt. Chris Wagoner Facebook PageMuddy Tail ChartersSept-2022
Big Bend*Patrick Abbott

PJ's Kayak Fishing & Adventures

Williston, FL352-681-0986pjkayaking@gmail.comSept-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 Bibler

Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters

Palmetto, FL 941-840-1008Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters Facebook PageCaptain Bibbs Fishing Charters Instagram PageFeb-2020
West CentralCapt. Brandon Csaszar

Anclote Charters

Tarpon Springs, FL727-741-3394Anclote Charters Facebook Page Anclote Charters Instagram PageMay-2021
West Central*John Cento

Nature Tours USA

Clermont, FL,352-432-2140Dec-2020
West CentralCapt. Jeremy Frioud

Frioud Family Charters

Clearwater, FL727-492-7362Apr-2021
West CentralCapt. Jim GalbraithFlorida MemoriesSt. Petersburg, FL813-499-4608Florida Memories Facebook PageSept-2020
West Central*Buddy HarrisonEcoTrek Family Fishing and Kayak ToursTampa, FL813-928-3806Oct-2020
West CentralCapt. Charlie Howell

Ebb & Flow Charters

Tampa, FL813-598-1191Ebb & Flow Charters Facebook PageEbb & Flow Charters Instagram PageJun-2020
West Central*Arthur “AJ” Jackson

AJ’s Bass Guides

Orlando, FL407-288-9670AJ’s Bass Guides Facebook PageAJ’s Bass Guides Instagram PageSep-2020
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-2021
West CentralCapt. Scott MooreMoore FishingAnna Maria, FL941-713-1921captscottkm@aol.comMoore Fishing Charters Facebook PageAug-2020
West CentralCapt. Kevin MurphyCowboys Trophy ChartersLargo, 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 Tapp

Niche Fishing Charters, LLC

Bradenton, FL561-308-1398Aug-2020
West Central*Joseph UrbinoReel Honor FishingHudson, FLAug-2021
West CentralCapt. Michael B. Yonker

Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters

Sarasota, FL941-500-2485Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters Facebook PageMar-2020
West CentralCapt. Brian Riley

Anclote Adventures

Tarpon Springs, FL813-629-2308brian@ancloteadventures.comAnclote Adventures Facebook PageAnclote Adventures Instagram PageJun-2020
West CentralCapt. Matt KarwoskiMow Fish ChartersBelleair Beach, FL727-331-1700brian@ancloteadventures.comJul-2022
SouthwestCapt. Bo Bartholomew

In 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
Southwest*Corey W. Campbell

Florida 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 Dant

Get Some Charters

Everglades City/Naples, FL239-331-0209Get Some Charters Facebook PageApr-2020
Southwest*Capt. 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 Hubbard

Family 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, FL239-821-3305Aug-2020
SouthwestCapt. Chris Newberry

Outcast Charter Company

Ponce de Leon/Punta Gorda Isles, FL941-628-0359Outcast Charter Company Facebook PageNov-2019
SouthwestCapt. Barry Nicholls

Capt. 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, FL239-642-8818Mar-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 Savoca

Estero Bay Adventures

Fort Myers FL215-534-0275Estero Bay Adventures Facebook PageApr-2022
SouthwestCapt. Rick Harrison Jr.Gulf and Grove Fly FishingEnglewood, FL941-237-9492bcderosa63@gmail.comJun-2021
South Capt. Brian Branigan

Keys Boat Tours

 Big Pine Key, FL306-699-7166 Keys Boat Tours Facebook PageAug-2020
South Capt. Diego Cordova

Flat 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 Filpes

Key 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 Gowens

Koko 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 Howard

Capt. Willie’s Charters

Riviera Beach, FL561-307-3047Capt. Willie’s Charters Facebook PageCapt. Willie’s Charters Instagram PageMar-2020
South Capt. Clyde Morgan Jewett

Flats 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, FL305-509-2201All 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 Taylor

Black 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 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-2022
South Capt. Scott Ray

Sea2Table

Key Largo, FL305-431-5179serayfl@gmail.com Sea2Table - Scott E. RaySept-2022

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.