Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Compliance Guides
Provides a plain language summary of HMS regulations for commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, and dealers and importers/exporters.
Atlantic HMS Fishery Compliance Guides are designed to provide a plain language summary of HMS regulations; however, they are not a substitute for the regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 635). For a comprehensive list of Atlantic HMS regulations, please refer to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.
Recreational Fishing Compliance Guide
Last updated July 2018
Complete compliance guide (PDF, 36 pages)
Commercial Fishing Compliance Guide
Last updated MARCH 2018
Complete compliance guide (PDF, 89 pages)
HMS Dealer Compliance Guide
Last updated AUGUST 2018
Complete compliance guide (PDF, 35 pages)
Careful Catch and Release Brochure
The Careful Catch and Release brochure is an excellent guide for the HMS recreational angler who would like to practice catch and release fishing. The brochure provides tips on planning, gear, handling, and release of HMS, and is small enough to take along on fishing trips.
HMS Identification Guides
The Guide to Sharks, Tunas & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico is a joint publication of NOAA Fisheries and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Copies can be purchased through Rhode Island Sea Grant.
Atlantic Swordfish and Billfish Identification Guide (PDF, 1 page)
Atlantic Tunas Identification Guide (PDF, 1 page)
Handling and Release of Dusky Sharks
In an effort to end overfishing on and rebuild the dusky shark stock, NOAA Fisheries produced materials to help aid in identification and educate anglers on proper release methods.
Shark Identification Placard (PDF, 1 page)
Prohibited Shark Identification Placard (PDF, 1 page)