Fishing Regulations

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.

Other Resources

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).