is the new HMS angling permit requirement?
A: NOAA Fisheries now requires recreational vessel owners who target any regulated highly migratory fish species in federal waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and U.S. Caribbean to get a federal vessel permit. The permit allows all anglers aboard to fish for highly migratory fish.
Q: Which species does the permit cover?
A: The HMS angling permit is required if fishing for any federally regulated highly migratory species: Atlantic tunas (bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, skipjack, and albacore) and sharks, swordfish, white and blue marlin, sailfish and spearfish.
Q: Do I have
to get the HMS angling permit for catch and release?
Q: Does everyone
on board need a permit?
Q: I am a recreational fisherman
and currently have the Atlantic tunas angling permit. Do I also need
to get the new HMS angling permit if I also fish for swordfish and other
Q: I hold the
General Category permit to sell tuna. Can I also get the HMS angling
Q: Where do federal
Q: How much does
the permit cost? Where is the money going?
Q: Do I need
the federal HMS angling permit if I only fish for sharks, billfish,
or swordfish in state waters?
Why is NOAA Fisheries requiring recreational fishermen to get
a permit for highly migratory species?
A: Most of these fish stocks are overfished and undergoing rebuilding. Permitting and regulation of the commercial fishing industry has been an important part of this effort. However, the recreational sector also must help in the rebuilding of these stocks. The angling permit will assist NOAA Fisheries in gauging how many anglers are targeting highly migratory fish, the number of trips they take, and the amount of fish they land -- information that will be useful in identifying management & rebuilding needs.
Q: Do charterboats
and headboats need the HMS angling permit?
Q: How do I get
NOAA Fisheries is considering initiating administrative processes to extend the federal HMS angling permit to the shore in states that do not have a comparable system of identifying saltwater anglers who target HMS.
Q: What is the new requirement
to report HMS landings?
Q: Why is it
necessary for recreational fishermen to report HMS landings? How will
this information be used?
Q: Do I have
to report landings I’ve made while participating in a tournament?
Q: How do I report
Q: What is the
definition of “landings?”