|Most finfish size limit regulations of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) use either Fork Length or Total Length.
These measurement methods provide a consistent, well defined measurement technique.
These methods encourage angler compliance with fishery management regulations.
For more information, click Fish Length Measurement FAQs.
Total Length Measurement
Total Length is now measured from the most forward point of the head, with the mouth closed,
to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed, while the fish is lying on its
|How to Measure Saltwater Fish
|Total Length Species Include:
|Fork Length Measurement
Fish regulated by fork length are measured from the tip of the jaw or
tip of the snout with closed mouth to the center of the fork in the tail.
|Fork Length Species Include:
|Lower Jaw Fork Length Measurement (Billfishes)
Fish regulated by lower jaw fork length are measured in a straight line from
the anterior most part of the lower jaw (tip of the lower jaw) to the fork in the
|Lower Jaw Fork Length Species Include:
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