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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.
Highly migratory species permits
Hawaiian bottomfish federal 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
A message from Chris Oliver, head of NOAA Fisheries.
This progress update provides an update on the agency's progress in completing the 2015-2018 National Implementation Plan. It demonstrates NOAA Fisheries commitment to recreational fisheries and the great progress we have made in two years.
In this age of open data, a wealth of up-to-date and user-friendly information is just a few clicks away. But what does this digital revolution mean for U.S. fisheries? In the Chesapeake Bay, NOAA Fisheries buoys help marine scientists, fishermen,...
Please join us for a workshop to discuss ways to improve the recreational fishery management process in New England.
We recognize that the current process for setting management measures is not meeting all the needs of the various groups within the recreational community.
We would like to hear your ideas on how the process of setting seasons, bag limits, and minimum sizes for federally managed recreational fisheries could work better.
RSVP: Moira Kelly (Moira.Kelly@noaa.gov; 978-281-9218).
Report also shows U.S. imported more seafood in 2016, much of that farm raised