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

Mobile App - Fish Rules


Download for FREE:
Apple & Android

Fish Rules is a searchable guide to state and 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.

THE APP WILL WORK OFFSHORE (just open the app before you leave the dock and allow it to update - then revisit it when you're on the water for regulations by species). Click here to see some "Frequently Asked Questions."

DOWNLOAD for Android - click here
DOWNLOAD for Apple - click here

 

Links to important fishery management contacts and state fishery regulations.

Fact Sheet –
Commercial Regulations Summary: Snapper Grouper (updated 8/31/18)

Snapper Grouper Commercial 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 –
Recreational Regulations Summary: Snapper Grouper (updated 9/01/18)

Snapper Grouper Recreational Regulations

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

Please see Fish Rules (above) for more details.

Fact Sheet – Sea Turtle & Smalltooth Sawfish Release Gears: What You Need To Know
(updated 8/13/18)


Fact sheet describing what you need to have on board your permitted snapper grouper vessel

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Features include:

  • Why is this gear even required
  • What's required to be on board
  • Links to more information
Fact Sheet –
Commercial Black Sea Bass Pot Fishing (updated January 2017)


Fact sheet describing the latest information on black sea bass pot fishing in federal waters of the South Atlantic.

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Features include:

  • Maps
  • Regulations
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.
Booklet –
Regulations for SAFMC Deepwater Marine Protected Areas


Coordinates for the 8 Deepwater MPAs

DOWNLOAD - coming soon

Overview of regulations for the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) and the Oculina Experimental Closed Area (OECA)

DOWNLOAD  - click here

Overview of black sea bass pot fishery regulations in the federal waters of the South Atlantic

DOWNLOAD  - click here