Starting Thursday, Florida's law enforcement officers and first responders will be able to go saltwater and freshwater fishing without a license until June 30, 2018, Gov. Rick Scott announced.

In a news release, the governor's office said the license-free period is in recognition of their lifesaving work preparing for and responding to Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida last week.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will accept official first responder identification in lieu of a state fishing license during this period, JAX4 TV reports.

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