Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Proclaims July as Keep Florida Fishing Month

L to R – Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing; Florida Governor Ron DeSantis; Glenn Hughes, President of American Sportfishing Association; Kellie Ralston, Southeast Fisheries Policy Director, American Sportfishing Association

ORLANDO, Fla. – Keep Florida Fishing (KFF), an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), is proud to announce that Governor Ron DeSantis has proclaimed July as Keep Florida Fishing Month.

“Recreational fishing is big business in Florida, which is why we hold the title of ‘Fishing Capital of the World.’ Our state’s more than four million anglers account for approximately 106,000 jobs and annually contribute $11.5 billion in economic activity and $56.7 million in conservation efforts. By proclaiming July as Keep Florida Fishing Month, it is my hope that we are showing the next generation of anglers the importance of protecting our state’s most precious natural resource,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Governor DeSantis is a champion for Florida’s fishing community, and under his leadership has dedicated historic funding for the state’s environment. Through this commitment, he is ensuring Florida remains an attractive destination for anglers year-round. We appreciate the Governor’s understanding that Florida’s economy and environment go hand-in-hand, and for supporting recreational angling by proclaiming July 2019 as Keep Florida Fishing Month,” said Gary Jennings, Keep Florida Fishing Director.

To view the July as Keep Florida Fishing Month proclamation see below.




WHEREAS, our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and way of life in Florida; and 

WHEREAS, Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World”, and is home to responsibly managed fisheries that comprise of 8,000 lakes, 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals, and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline; and 

WHEREAS, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages Florida’s state fisheries and works to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy Florida’s natural resources; and 

WHEREAS, FWC strives to keep the state’s fisheries thriving for Florida’s more than 4 million licensed anglers who support our state’s tourism industry and economy; and 

WHEREAS, recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing bring further prosperity to our state by contributing $11.5 billion to Florida’s economy and supporting more than 106,000 jobs; and 

WHEREAS, the 2019-2020 Bold Vision for a Brighter Future budget invests more than $625 million for the protection of Florida’s valuable water resources; and 

WHEREAS, Florida will continue to fight for our fisherman as we work together to save our waterways, which are part and parcel of our state’s DNA; and 

WHEREAS, Keep Florida Fishing Month is an opportunity for all Floridians to make efforts to preserve our natural resources and ensure that Florida’s angler have access to clean waters and abundant fisheries. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ron DeSantis, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing July 2019 as Keep Florida Fishing Month