Adjustment of the Swordfish General Commercial Permit Retention Limit for January 1–June 30, 2020


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
January 1–June 30, 2020
Point of Contact
Rick Pearson, 727-824-5399


The Swordfish General Commercial permit retention limits in the Northwest Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and U.S. Caribbean regions have been adjusted according to the table below. 

The default Swordfish General Commercial permit retention limit of zero swordfish in the Florida Swordfish Management Area remains in effect.  

This action is effective through June 30, 2020, unless changed via subsequent action. 

Region Default Retention Limit per Vessel per Trip

Adjusted Retention Limit per Vessel per Trip

(January 1–June 30, 2020)

Northwest Atlantic 3 swordfish 6 swordfish
Gulf of Mexico 3 swordfish 6 swordfish
U.S. Caribbean 2 swordfish 6 swordfish
Florida Swordfish Management Area 0 swordfish 0 swordfish 


These retention limits apply to vessels issued a Swordfish General Commercial permit or a Highly Migratory Species Charter/Headboat permit with a commercial endorsement when on a non for-hire trip.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 12/31/2019