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HMS Fishery Compliance Guides

Below are links to the most recent Atlantic HMS Fishery Compliance Guides. These guides are designed to provide a plain language summary of HMS regulations, but are not a substitute for the regulations found at 50 CFR 635. For a comprehensive list of Atlantic HMS regulations, please refer to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.


Latest HMS Recreational Fishing Compliance Guide (entire document)

Latest HMS Commercial Fishing Compliance Guide (entire document)

Latest HMS Dealer Compliance Guide (entire document)


Careful Catch and Release Brochure



The Careful Catch and Release brochure is an excellent guide for the HMS recreational angler who would like to practice catch and release fishing. The brochure provides tips on planning, gear, handling, and release of HMS, and is small enough to take along on fishing trips. Click here or on the image to the left to download a pdf copy of the brochure.






To request hard copy versions of any of the compliance guides or the Careful Catch and Release brochure for yourself or for distribution, please contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at:

1315 East West Highway
National Marine Fisheries Service
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 713-2347
Fax: (301) 713-1917

Or email Jenni Wallace ( with your request.




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