Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office

Working closely with our NOAA Fisheries counterpart, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, to make informed management decisions based on sound science.

Our Location

Map of New England/Mid-Atlantic region with offices labeled

The Greater Atlantic Region encompasses approximately 100,000 square miles of the Northwest Atlantic. The region encompasses the temperate, structurally complex large marine ecosystem from Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; the Great Lakes; and the rivers and estuaries within this range. Directed from the Regional Office in Gloucester, Massachusetts, we also have four field offices in the Greater Atlantic region: Orono, Maine; Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Annapolis, Maryland; and Gloucester Point, Virginia. In addition, we have port agents and other industry liaison staff in Sedgewick, Maine; Portland, Maine; Gloucester, Massachusetts; New Bedford, Massachusetts; Point Judith, Rhode Island; Saunderstown, Rhode Island; East Hampton, New York; Toms River, New Jersey; Northfield, New Jersey; Belle Haven, Virginia; and Hampton, Virginia.


Our Leadership


Management Team


Our History

On the north shore of Massachusetts sits the oldest fishing port in the United States: Gloucester. Settled in 1623, fishing, art, and granite have been Gloucester’s mainstays. Gloucester is home to America’s oldest continuously operating seafood company, Gorton’s. Clarence Birdseye invented frozen foods in Gloucester while Winslow Homer was painting his schooners.

Gloucester demonstrates dedication to its fishing culture through numerous social events, cultural memorial structures, and organizations including the annual St. Peter’s Fiesta which began in 1927, the Gloucester Schooner Festival, and the annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service, an annual tradition to honor fishermen lost at sea. The earliest recording of this ceremony was in the mid-1800s.