Adjustment of the Swordfish General Commercial Permit Retention Limit for July 1–December 31, 2020


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Rick Pearson at or 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 December 31, 2020, unless changed via subsequent action. 

Region Default Retention Limit 

Adjusted Retention Limit 

Northwest Atlantic 3/vessel/trip 6/vessel/trip
Gulf of Mexico 3/vessel/trip 6/vessel/trip
U.S. Caribbean 3/vessel/trip 6/vessel/trip
Florida Swordfish Management Area 0/vessel/trip 0/vessel/trip

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

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Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 06/24/2020