Fed. Saltwater Fish Regs

2015 Federal Saltwater Fishing Regulations

The following is a summary of recreational regulations on selected species applicable to federal waters (3 to 200 miles) off the New Jersey coastline as of this printing (February '12). This information should be used only as a guide, since regulations are constantly being modified.

PLEASE! If you find an error or something changes later in the season, please email me with website information showing the correct data! Thanks, MizMo

For additional information, specific questions, please contact:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), NE regions, 1 Blackburn Pl., Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.

Federal Regulations (legal database e-CFR):


Federal updates on permit holder regulations at:

Obtain Fisheries Regulation Sheets:

Federal Regulations - HMS only:
Get the Latest Compliance Guides (For Commercial Fishing and for (Recreational - Billfish,Tuna,Shark)

For possession limits call 978-281-9260.
For federal permit applications: 978-281-9370.
Permits Online: http://www.nmfspermits.com/
Local NMFS Enforcement Office 609-528-3315 or 609-390-8303
Tuna quota updates (in season only) 301-713-1279.
Brochures: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/brochures/HMS_Brochures.htm
(Info on Swordfish, Sharks, more detailed regulations info.

NOAA is looking for specific tuna tags for their tracking program and offering rewards. Click http://www.tunalab.org for more information!

Have not completed updating this section yet, as not all of the regs have been posted with 2015 dates in the Federal sites. NOTE: EEZ and NJ are NOT always the same, but if landing/docking your boat in NJ, you must comply with NJ regulations. In some cases, I have Fed/NJ regs matching deliberately because of this. - 3/2015 MizMo
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