May 1, 2020: What Fisheries Reopen in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic?

Quite a few seasonal fisheries reopen on May 1st in federal waters of the South Atlantic (3 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the East coast of Florida through the Keys).

To keep up to date on fishing regulations in the federal waters of the South Atlantic, please visit the Fish Rules Mobile App. Note: the mobile app hosts commercial regulations under the "Additional Information" section for each species managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Commercial and recreational fishermen can also continue to access regulations at the "Regulations by Species" page on our website.

*When using the mobile application, make sure that you have your settings set for federal waters. Otherwise, the app will assume you are in state waters based on location. Visit this page for some helpful tips & videos: Fish Rules Mobile App

What Reopens on May 1, 2020?

Click the species name for specific regulations




*Other Notes for May 1, 2020:

  • The Black Sea Bass Trip Limit for commercial hook & line increases from 300 pounds gutted weight to 1000 pounds gutted weight.
  • NEW: Red Grouper Trip Limit is 200 pounds gutted weight. 
  • NEW: Blueline Tilefish Trip Limit annual increase from 100 pounds gutted weight to 300 pounds gutted weight.







  • Hogfish (East Coast of Florida only; NC, SC, & GA do not have a closed season)


  • Greater Amberjack (restrictions for the for-hire sector for the month of April are lifted)