Swordfish

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Excellent, but may contain high mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 47 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit

  • Additional Notes
    25 inch minimum size cleithrum to caudal keel length if head removed.
    Swordfish may be harvested with rod and reel and/or handline.
    Swordfish captured but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.
    No more than one daily limit may be possessed onboard a vessel regardless of the length of the trip.
    Anglers must report all recreational billfish landings. Report all non-tournament recreational Atlantic billfish landings to NMFS within 24 hours by calling 1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov.
    You must report recreational landings of billfish in North Carolina by calling 1-800-338-7804.
    You must report recreational landings of billfish in Maryland by calling 1-410-213-1531.

    All highly migratory species require an HMS Angling Permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits are available by calling 1-888-872-8862, or by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. No sale permitted for HMS species caught under an HMS Angling Permit.
    For complete HMS regulations contact NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 1-301-427-8503 or visit www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantic-highly-migratory-species

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 47 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit

  • Additional Notes
    25 inch minimum size cleithrum to caudal keel length if head removed.
    Swordfish may be harvested with rod and reel and/or handline.
    Swordfish captured but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.
    No more than one daily limit may be possessed onboard a vessel regardless of the length of the trip.
    Anglers must report all recreational billfish landings. Report all non-tournament recreational Atlantic billfish landings to NMFS within 24 hours by calling 1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov.

    All highly migratory species require an HMS Angling Permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits are available by calling 1-888-872-8862, or by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. No sale permitted for HMS species caught under an HMS Angling Permit.
    For complete HMS regulations contact NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 1-301-427-8503 or visit www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantic-highly-migratory-species

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 5

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size = 29 inches carcass length or 33 lbs minimum dressed weight.


    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip ALSO do not need a permit.

    All landed fish must bre reported to NOAA within 24 hours (800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov).
    No more than one daily limit may be possessed onboard a vessel regardless of the length of the trip.
    Swordfish captured but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 47 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Permit required

  • Additional Notes
    25 inches minimum cleithrum to keel length if head removed.
    Hook and line only.
    All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov). HMS permit required in federal waters.
    No more than one daily limit may be possessed onboard a vessel regardless of the length of the trip.
    Swordfish captured but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 47 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Permit required

  • Additional Notes
    25 inches minimum cleithrum to keel length if head removed.
    Hook and line only.
    All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov). HMS permit required in federal waters.
    No more than one daily limit may be possessed onboard a vessel regardless of the length of the trip.
    Swordfish captured but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 47 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    May only be taken by rod and reel and handlines. Handlines must be attached to, or remain in contact with, the vessel at all times. Federal Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Permit required to possess in state waters. Recreationally caught fish may not be sold. All recreationally caught Atlantic billfish landed must be reported to NMFS within 24 hours of landing at the dock by calling (800) 894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov Swordfish captured but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 47 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    25 inches minimum cleithrum to keel length if head removed. Hook and line only. All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov). Swordfish captured but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water. No more than one daily limit may be possessed onboard a vessel regardless of the length of the trip.

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Additional Notes
    All billfish must be returned to the sea unharmed except where permitted under the terms of a fishing tournament.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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