NOAA Fisheries manages the for-hire fishery (or chartering a vessel for recreational fishing purposes) for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfishes in federal waters of the U.S. Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.
For-hire fishing for Atlantic HMS species are required to comply with a variety of regulations:
The HMS charter/headboat permit authorizes charter and headboat vessels to take for-hire passengers to recreationally fish for or retain:
Anglers must report all landings of swordfish, billfish, and bluefin tuna (including bluefin tuna dead discards) either online or by phone.
Atlantic sturgeon are protected by federal law due to their endangered status. If you accidentally hook an Atlantic sturgeon, take the following actions to release it with care.
NOAA Fisheries closes the General category fishery for large medium and giant Atlantic bluefin tuna effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, through December 31, 2017.
NOAA Fisheries announces protected species release, disentanglement, and identification workshops to be held in January, February, and March 2018.
NOAA Fisheries announces Atlantic shark identification workshops to be held in January, February, and March 2018.
NOAA Fisheries creates a separate provision for the commercial sale of Atlantic HMS by Charter/Headboat permit holders.