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Atlantic HMS Fishery Compliance Guides

Atlantic HMS Fishery Compliance Guides are designed to provide a plain language summary of HMS regulations, however, they are not a substitute for the regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 635). For a comprehensive list of Atlantic HMS regulations, please refer to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.

Recreational Fishing Compliance Guide

HMS Recreational Fishing Compliance Guide (full version) 


Commercial Fishing Compliance Guide

HMS Commercial Fishing Compliance Guide (full version)


HMS Dealer Compliance Guide

HMS Dealer Compliance Guide (full version) 


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.

HMS Identification Guide

The Guide to Sharks, Tunas & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico is a joint publication of NOAA Fisheries and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Copies can be purchased through Rhode Island Sea Grant.

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 or email Craig Cockrell ( or Peter Cooper (