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The Sustainable Fisheries Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), is entrusted with the conservation, management, and protection of marine fishery resources inhabiting federal waters off the southeastern United States from North Carolina through Texas and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Division is the Region’s focal point for implementing NMFS' primary legislative authority for fisheries management and research, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act (SFA).

The Magnuson-Stevens Act is NMFS' primary legislative authority for fisheries management and research. It was extensively amended in 2006. Please click here for information about the new requirements, implementation progress, and opportunities for public input.

The Division works directly with the Region’s three fishery management councils established by Congress to perform the mandates of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. These mandates are accomplished through fishery management plans (FMPs) for marine finfish and invertebrates that support important commercial and recreational fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean and consider conservation and management issues, sociological and economic issues, and regulatory issues. Functions and activities required to fulfill this and other responsibilities as specified in the Magnuson-Stevens Act include: providing guidance on fisheries management; providing technical assistance and advise in preparing FMPs in accordance with national standard guidelines and other applicable laws; coordinating public review and compilation of comments; initiating Secretarial review of FMPs and amendments; drafting regulations and Federal Register notices, as well as reviewing and responding to comments received during rulemaking; FMP implementation; and monitoring.


  Gulf of Mexico Branch  

Grouper, Snapper, and Other Reef Fish

Reef Fish IFQ Program


Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel)

Stone Crab


Generic Annual Catch Limits Amendment

Spiny Lobster

Gulf Council's Aquaculture FMP

Map of Closed Areas

Contact the Gulf of Mexico Branch

  South Atlantic Branch  

Snapper Grouper

Red Drum


Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel)

Spiny Lobster

Coral and Coral Reefs

Golden Crab

Contact the South Atlantic Branch

  Caribbean Branch  

Reef Fish

Queen Conch

Status of Fishery Stocks

Spiny Lobster


Coral and Coral Reefs

Closed Area Coordinates

Contact the Caribbean Branch

  Fisheries Social Science Branch  


Additional Resources

Southeast Region Fisheries Social Science Branch Webpage

Contact the Social Science Branch

  Fisheries Regulations Branch  

Federal Register

Government Printing Office (GPO)

Southeast Region Regulations Branch Webpage

Contact the Regulations Branch

  Items of Interest  

Status of U.S. Fisheries

How to Submit Comments

Limited Access Privilege (LAP) Programs

Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs)

Quota Monitoring

Glossary of Fishery Terms

2009 International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference

Control Dates Established by Fishery Management Councils


  Helpful Resources  

Sustainable Fisheries Staff

Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Individual Fishing Quota Program:

  Customer Service : 1-866-425-7627

Vessel Monitoring System (VMS):

  Customer Service: 1-800-758-4833
  Trip Declaration: 1-888-219-9228

Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report

Fishery Management Council Websites:
  Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
  South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
  Caribbean Fishery Management Council

Office for Law Enforcement:
  Call 1-800-853-1964 to report violations of Federal fishing regulations. All information is confidential.



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Last Updated: September 27, 2011

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