Commercial fishing boats

Commercial Fishing

For Fishermen & Dealers

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. 

Thank you,

The NOAA Fisheries Web Team

Permits & Forms

Search for fishing permits and related requirements by region, species, or fishery management plan.

Current Rules & Regulations

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.

Fishery Management Plans

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.

Resources by Region

Find out more about annual catch limits, seasonal closures, federal fishing regulations, and state regulations for commercial fishing.

Fishery Tools by Region


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species

  • 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.


Pacific Islands


West Coast

  • 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.