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The NOAA Fisheries Web Team
Since January 1, 2011, a saltwater recreational fishing license or registration from any state or U.S. territory except Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, automatically registers you in the National Saltwater Angler Registry and you do not need to take further action. Otherwise, please visit the registry to ensure you are registered. If you plan on fishing anywhere for highly migratory species—such as tunas and billfish, or for bottomfish in Hawaii, check out the links below to get the permits you need.
Atlantic highly migratory species permits
In partnership with the regional fishery management councils, interstate marine fisheries commissions, international fisheries management organizations, and under the guidance of the Magnuson Stevens Conservation and Management Act, NOAA Fisheries plays a key role in the implementation and enforcement of federal fishery rules and regulations in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (3 to 200 miles off shore).
Learn more about federal rules and regulations
If you are fishing in state waters (generally 0 to 3 miles off shore), you will need to reach out to your state fish and wildlife agency for a fishing license.
Find state fishing regulations and licenses
We provide a comprehensive, online database of public recreational fishing sites on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts (Maine through Mississippi) and Puerto Rico.
Search public recreational fishing sites—Click the “Guest Login” button to browse recreational access points in your state.
Learn what you can do to be a responsible steward of our ocean resources.
Catch and release
Mako shark catch and release
Fishing tips to protect sea turtles and marine mammals
Fishing around sea turtles
Find out how you can get involved in monitoring the health of our oceans and fish resources.
Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program
Cooperative Research Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program
Effective Date: March 19, 2018
NOAA Fisheries closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna Angling category fishery for large, medium, and giant “trophy” bluefin tuna (measuring 73” or greater) in the southern area effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Saturday, March 17 through December 31, 2018. The southern area is the area south of 39°18’N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ), outside the Gulf of Mexico.
Effective Date: April 12, 2018
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.
May 10, 2017
Silver Spring, Maryland
NOAA Fisheries is committed to:
Sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources.
Promoting saltwater recreational fisheries for the benefit of the nation.
Enabling enduring participation...