Federal fishing regulations are not always the same as state fishing regulations. For species that are not managed by federal regulations, states have the authority to extend state rules into federal waters for residents of that state or vessels landing a catch in that state.
Federal Fishing Regulations
The best place to look for current federal fishing regulations is the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (ECFR). Sections of the ECFR pertaining to Council-managed fisheries are linked below.
- General Provisions
- Atlantic Mackerel, Squid (Illex and Loligo), and Butterfish
- Atlantic Surf Clam and Ocean Quahog
- Summer Flounder
- Black Sea Bass
- Atlantic Bluefish
- Spiny Dogfish
- Mid-Atlantic Forage Species and Atlantic Chub Mackerel
- Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council ABC control rules (see sections 648.20 and 648.21) - these are the regulations used to generally determine the upper limit on Acceptable Biological Catch or "ABC"
- Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office Regulations - links to regulations for all Greater Atlantic fisheries
- Federal Recreational Regulations for all Greater Atlantic Fisheries - summary of all recreational regulations
- Federal Register Actions - Final Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices - index of federal register actions for the Greater Atlantic region
State Fishing Regulations
State regulations can be obtained through individual state marine fisheries agencies.
Council Summaries of Commercial and Recreational Management Measures
The summaries listed below are intended to be used as resources, but you should always consult the ECFR as the definitive source (regulations may also change between summary updates).