Current Fishing Regulations - Gulf of Mexico

All official regulations for fishing in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico is found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 622.

NOAA Sustainable Fisheries Division Gulf of Mexico Branch, together with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, manages fisheries in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Federal waters begin where state waters end and extend 200 nautical miles into the Gulf of Mexico.

Federal Waters

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State Waters

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on October 04, 2019