Dear fishermen and dealers,
Please have patience with us as we work toward migrating all our regional content into this new website and improving your user experience. We will do our best to point you to all current content whether it lives in this new site or is still on one of our regional office or science center websites. If you get a message to take our ForeSee customer satisfaction survey, we'd appreciate your feedback on how we're doing so far.
The NOAA Fisheries Web Team
Search for fishing permits and related requirements by region, species, or fishery management plan.
Permits & forms
Find current rule-making actions—the latest notices and proposed rules open for comment as well as final rules for various fishery management plans and related amendments.
Fishing rules and regulations
Southeast fishery bulletins
How to get involved in the regulatory process
We work with eight regional fishery management councils to implement regulations for 46 fishery management plans and their amendments. Each plan aims to protect, restore, and promote the long-term sustainability of U.S. fisheries.
Fishery management plans and historical amendments
Find out more about annual catch limits, seasonal closures, federal fishing regulations, and state regulations for commercial fishing.
Commercial fishing resources by region
eFish—Alaska fisheries online permit, account, and cost recovery payment services.
eLandings—Alaska fisheries electronic reporting system.
Alaska Fisheries Information Network—Data generated for Alaska fisheries.
Atlantic HMS Home—Find compliance guides, rules and regulations, permits, and landings updates, and sign up for our HMS News.
Catch Reporting App—Record trips and catch of bluefin tuna, blue marlin, white marlin, roundscale spearfish, sailfish, and swordfish.
Release Mako App—Report your live release of Atlantic shortfin mako sharks right from your smartphone while still on the water.
The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program—Principal source of timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries.
Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network—Fisheries data for assessing, monitoring, and managing fisheries resources in the U.S. Pacific Exclusive Economic Zone.
Gulf Fisheries Information Network—A state-federal cooperative program collecting marine commercial, recreational and anadromous fishery data and information in the Southeast Region.
Pacific Fisheries Information Network—A collaboration between member state and federal fishery agencies supplying the information needed to effectively manage fish stocks on the west coast of the United States.
Our scientists at NOAA Fisheries Alaska, are involved in an array of ongoing field studies and surveys, to help us better understand and document the current state of habitat and wildlife within the Alaskan region.
This email notice is a courtesy to Atlantic HMS fisheries interests to keep you informed about the fisheries. Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. For further information related to Atlantic HMS Management, please call (301) 427-8503.
At this year’s Seafood Expo, NOAA Fisheries has a full agenda of open meetings and conference sessions on key topics of interest to the seafood community—including introduction of the new Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Chris Oliver, who will discuss the Administration's priorities related to seafood. And for the second year, we have our fellow Federal agencies co-exhibiting with us to provide a one-stop-shop for all your questions and clarifications. Hope you can attend a session and drop by Booth #181. See you in Boston!
Please join Dr. Jon Bell, Director of NOAA’s National Seafood Inspection Lab, and his staff for a demonstration of a new seafood-fraud detection methodology. This is a rapid, cost-effective screening method to identify commonly substituted fresh and frozen finfish species sold in the U.S. seafood market place. The presentation will focus on advantages, limitations, and next steps in the development and use of this screening method. The goal of the session is to collect industry feedback on its application and usability that will help guide the agency in making this product broadly available. Demonstrations will be at the booth (#181) both Sunday and Monday.
NOAA Fisheries and its partners throughout the aquaculture community have made significant progress in fostering sustainable aquaculture, and these efforts have helped spark recent growth in U.S. marine aquaculture production and are helping shape public perception. With the administration’s interest in reducing dependency on imported seafood for consumption and ensuring a safe, secure and sustainable seafood supply, U.S. aquaculture is building momentum. Please join NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture and external partners for updates on developments in science, policy, collaborations and public education that support domestic expansion of U.S. marine aquaculture.
For the last 40 years, the United States has invested heavily in its wild-capture fisheries, establishing a solid reputation as a global leader in sustainable fisheries management and marine stewardship. Fostering a safe, secure and sustainable seafood industry reaches beyond a single program and requires a diverse portfolio of expertise, activities and collaboration. Join the new Assistant Administrator of NOAA Fisheries, Chris Oliver, and his leadership team for an overview of the Administration’s priorities related to seafood and the goal of expanding U.S. seafood production. From leveling the playing field and building seafood trade support services, addressing fraud and combating IUU fishing, to developing a robust aquaculture industry and jobs—Chris Oliver will discuss updates followed by an open discussion and Q&A.
Seafood trade is a multi-billion dollar business that continues to grow as demand for healthy and sustainable protein increases worldwide. Access to international markets by U.S. exporters is critical to our domestic seafood industry, and NOAA’s trade team and Seafood Inspection Program works to ensure global confidence in U.S. exports. Join NOAA Fisheries' seafood inspection and trade staff for an overview and discussion of emerging issues in seafood exports, and what the federal government and industry can do to protect and expand access to international markets.
Following ratification of the Port States Measures Act in June 2016, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement began work on conducting enforcement-capacity building workshops and training to increase the effectiveness of fisheries enforcement by partner nations around the world. Join representatives from NOAA’s enforcement staff along with other partners to discuss how these increased enforcement capabilities help U.S. fisheries and seafood industries, why it matters to the U.S. consumer, and what is anticipated for these efforts moving forward.
NOAA Fisheries is seeking on-the-record public input on its proposed rule to establish a voluntary Commerce Trusted Trader Program (CTTP) for U.S. seafood importers –a valuable complement to the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). SIMP provides the federal government the information needed to prevent illegally caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering the U.S. market. The CTTP as proposed, is designed to maintain the effectiveness of SIMP while also streamlining the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for U.S. importers who commit to establishing internal traceability and auditing measures.
These snapshots include information on fishing involvement and demographics. Detailed profiles are available for a subset of communities (196) in Alaska.
In-depth profiles of the 196 Alaska communities most involved in Alaskan and North Pacific fisheries.