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TALLAHASSEE (CBS4)– Saltwater fishing will be free in Florida this weekend to honor fathers and their families.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday announced that no license will be required Saturday and Sunday, which is Father’s Day.

The commission’s executive director, Nick Wiley, said officials hope Floridians who haven’t wet a line in a while will take the opportunity to reconnect with the sport.

Wiley called Florida “the fishing capital of the world.”

He said recreational saltwater fishing not only is fun but good business. The sport contributes more than $4.5 billion to Florida’s economy every year.

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