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Phone Service Restored at NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office

June 12, 2024

FB24-041: Southeast Fishery Bulletin; For more information, see below

Key Message:

Phone service is restored at NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office. Our phone lines are operational again and we are able to receive calls coming into the office.  We appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for the inconvenience.  Below are some frequently used numbers.  

  • SEFHIER: 1-833-707-1632 or e-mail ser.electronicreporting@noaa.gov
  • Permits: 877-376-4877, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Eastern time, excluding federal holidays.
  • IFQ customer service: 866-425-7627 (select option #2) Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern time, excluding federal holidays or e-mail NMFS.SER.CatchShare@noaa.gov.
  • Reef Fish Trip Declarations: vessels can make their trip declarations through their VMS unit or by calling 888-219-9228 and selecting option #5, available 24 hours a day.  
  • VMS customer service: 800-758-4833 
  • ESA consultations: 727-824-5312 or e-mail nmfs.ser.esa.consultations@noaa.gov
  • Fishing seasons and closures: call the Sustainable Fisheries Division, 727-824-5305


Sign Up for Text Message Alerts - Find Out About Immediate Openings and Closures

NOAA's Text Message Alert Program allows you to receive important fishery-related alerts via text message (SMS).  Standard message & data rates may apply. You may opt-out at any time.

Text alerts you may receive include:

  • Immediate fishery openings and closures
  • Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly

Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text CARIBFISH to 888777


Quick Glance Contact List for the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office

Permits Mailbox: The Permits Office in St. Petersburg, FL now has a Permits mailbox in the front lobby (263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701). You can now drop off original permits for permit transfers.  Envelopes with information labels will be provided so that your documents can be attached to the correct application.  The mailbox will be checked daily.  For more information contact the Permits Office at 877-376-4877.

Other contacts:

Media: Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 

Recreational Fishing Coordinator: Sean Meehan, 727-385-5202 

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on June 12, 2024