Monkfish Management Plan
Implementing regulations are found at 50 CFR part 648 subpart F
Commerical monkfishing is conducted from North Carolina to Maine primarily using trawl gear in northern waters and gillnet gear in southern waters. Because it is common for monkfish to be caught in conjunction with groundfish, you will see a lot of the information on this site also relates to the Northeast multispecies (groundfish) fishery. The fishery is managed using a days-at-sea and trip limit management system. There is no known directed recreational fishery for monkfish.