Regulation Fact Sheets/Other Resources

The Council offers several ways to keep up to speed on the fishing regulations and other information on areas managed by the Council. The resources below will help fishermen and the public keep up to date on current federal fishing regulations through regulation summary fact sheets, brochures, booklets, and the Council's mobile app, SA Fishing Regulations.

Complimentary copies of the resources listed below are available from the Council office by contacting:
Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer - kim.iverson@safmc.net

Mobile App - SA Fishing Regulations

Mobile App - SA Fishing Regulations
Download for FREE:
Apple & Android

The SA Fishing Regulations app is a searchable guide to federal fishing regulations and saltwater fish identification in the South Atlantic region of the U.S. to include North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the East coast of Florida.

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Features include:
Fish identification and profile information
Federal recreational and commercial regulations SAFMC Managed area information – Deepwater MPAs, Oculina Bank information, Deepwater Coral HAPCs, Special Management Zones, National Marine Sanctuaries in the region.

Links to important fishery management contacts and state fishery regulations.

Fact sheet describing the latest information on commercial fishing regulations for snapper grouper species.

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Features include:

  • Current closures
  • Trip limits, size limits, and season information for commonly caught snapper grouper species
  • Other requirements
Fact sheet describing the latest information on recreational fishing regulations for snapper grouper species.

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Features include:

  • Current closures
  • Bag limits, size limits, and season information for commonly caught snapper grouper species
  • Other requirements
Fact sheet describing the latest information on Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and cobia.

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Features include:

  • Current regulations
  • Trip limit summary
  • Migratory Zone Maps
  • Recent Amendments for Coastal Migratory Pelagics
  • Staff Contacts – South Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico
Regulation Update - Effective January 27, 2016:

New federal regulations will allow recreational fishermen to bring fillets of dolphin and wahoo from The Bahamas into the U.S. federal waters and update regulations that currently allow recreational fishermen to bring snapper-grouper fillets from The Bahamas into the U.S. federal waters.

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Regulations are as follows:

  • Two fillets are equivalent to one fish for dolphin, wahoo, and snapper-grouper species brought into the U.S. federal waters from The Bahamas.
  • Require fishers to retain skin on the entire fillet of dolphin, wahoo, and snapper grouper species.
  • Require fishing gear to be stowed while transiting the U.S. federal waters from The Bahamas. A vessel carrying fillets of dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper species lawfully harvested in Bahamian waters would not be allowed to stop in the U.S. federal waters during the transit.
  • Require stamped and dated passports, as well as valid current Bahamian cruising and fishing permits to prove that the recreational fishers were in The Bahamas.
  • Not allow recreationally caught dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper from The Bahamas to be sold or purchased in the U.S.
  • Not exempt recreational fishermen from any other Federal fishing regulations such as fishing seasons, recreational bag limits, size limits, and prohibited species.
Overview of the eight deepwater Marine Protected Areas in South Atlantic federal waters including regulations, maps, coordinates, and MPA information.

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Features include:

  • Overview on Marine Protected Areas
  • Regulations for the MPAs
  • Maps and coordinates for each MPA
Overview of regulations for the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) and the Oculina Experimental Closed Area (OECA)

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Features include:

  • Information on Oculina Coral
  • Maps of the areas
  • Regulations for each area