This page provides an overview of USA federal, regional, and state commercial fishing regulations.

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

The Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 established a U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between 3 and 200 miles offshore, and created eight regional fishery councils to manage the living marine resources within that area. The bill was amended on October 11, 1996 and re-named the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Code of Federal Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government of the United States of America.

Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Programs

Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) programs are a type of limited access privilege program (LAPP), which provide individual fishermen or corporations the exclusive privilege to harvest a certain percentage of the total allowable catch (TAC) of a fishery.

Federal – Regional Commercial Fishing Regulations

National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service)

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/

NMFS Permit Shop

https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/Default.asp

New England Fisheries Management Council

http://www.nefmc.org/

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

http://www.mafmc.org/

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

http://www.safmc.net/

Caribbean Fishery Management Council

http://www.caribbeanfmc.com/

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

http://www.gulfcouncil.org/

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/

Pacific Fishery Management Council

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council

http://www.wpcouncil.org/

State Commercial Fishing Regulations

Maine Department of Marine Resources

http://www.maine.gov/dmr/

Massachusetts Dept. of Marine Fisheries

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/

Connecticut Marine Fisheries Division

http://dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/fishing/

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

http://www.dem.ri.gov/

New York DEC

http://www.dec.ny.gov/

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/

Delaware DNREC

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)

http://www.mrc.state.va.us/

North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries

http://www.ncfisheries.net/

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

http://www.state.ak.us/

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

http://www.dfw.state.or.us

California Department of Fish & Game

http://www.dfg.ca.gov

Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources

http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dar/

 

Related Information

USA Commercial Fishing

International Commercial Fishing Regulations