The Highly Migratory Species Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service manages Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS), including tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish.
Please remember that it is a requirement for owners of private vessels used to fish recreationally for Atlantic HMS to obtain an HMS Angling category permit from NMFS. The angling permit can be purchased online or by calling 888-872-8862.
In addition, any tournament operator responsible for maintaining records of participants and results used for awarding tournament points or prizes for Atlantic HMS must register the tournament with NMFS at least four weeks prior to commencement of the tournament. Call the HMS Management Division's St. Petersburg, FL office at 727-824-5399 or visit the permits website to receive a registration form.
Atlantic shark recreational and commercial fishing compliance guides are also available online.
Listen online to "Atlantic Shark Research and Management: Long-term Data for Long-lived Fishes," a NOAA Library Brown Bag Talk by Dr. Richard McBride
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
FOR TUNA AND BILLFISH TAGS
Cooperative Tagging Center
Southeast Fisheries Science Center
75 Virginia Beach Drive
mi, FL 33149
Toll-Free Number: 800-437-3936
(Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke, Winter Flounder):
American Littoral Society
Highlands, NJ 07732
HMS Gloucester 978-281-9260
HMS Headquarters 301-427-8503
Recreational Swordfish & Billfish:
HMS St. Petersburg 727-824-5399
FOR COPIES OF DOCUMENTS
Highly Migratory Species Management Division
HMS Shark Documents