Dolphin

Shape

Synonyms

Coryphaena hippurus,dorado,mahi mahi

Edibility

Excellent, and they are considered a very sustainable fishery.

Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    No established size limit or bag limit.
    See appropriate state regulations.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    No minimum size limit off North Carolina.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters OPEN
    Size Limit: 20 inch minimum fork length off FL, GA, and SC. No size restrictions elsewhere.
    Trip Limit: None if the vessel has a federal commercial permit for dolphin or wahoo For a commercially permitted vessel fishing north 39% N. latitude, that does not have a federal commercial vessel permit for dolphin or wahoo, there is a trip limit of 200 pounds of dolphin and wahoo, combined
    Longline fishing for dolphin and wahoo is prohibited in areas closed to the use of such gear for highly migratory pelagic species (HMS).
    Allowable gear to be used in the fishery includes: hook-and-line gear including manual, electric, and hydraulic rods and reels; bandit gear; handlines; longlines; and spearfishing (including powerheads) gear.
    Owners of commercial vessels and/or charter vessels/headboats must have vessel permits and, if selected, submit reports.
    Dealers must have permits and, if selected, submit reports.
    Longline vessels must comply with sea turtle protection measures.
    For a commercially permitted vessel fishing north 39% N. latitude, that does not have a federal commercial vessel permit for dolphin or wahoo, there is a trip limit of 200 pounds of dolphin and wahoo, combined.
    Operators of commercial vessels, charter vessels, and headboats that are required to have a federal vessel permit for dolphin and wahoo must have and display *operator permits.
    *To apply for a vessel, dealer, or operator permit, interested parties should contact the Permits Office, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33702, or by phone at 727/824-5326.
    *An operator permit card issued by NOAA Fisheries' Northeast Region is valid for the South Atlantic Dolphin/Wahoo fishery. Similarly, persons who already possess an operator permit card to participate in the South Atlantic rock shrimp fishery do not need to obtain a separate operator card. For additional information, visit NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office.

    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Dolphin Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit in Florida Gulf State Waters.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    Vessel limit does not apply to for-hire vessels.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Limit of 10 per person per day or 60 per trip, whichever is less.
    No sale of recreational bag limit on vessels operating as charter or headboats.

  • Additional Notes
    No established size limit or bag limit. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    Sale of recreational catch is prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Fork Length

  • Snagging Permitted

  • Additional Notes
    Must be landed with head and fins intact. Citation 25 lbs

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 60

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Fork Length

  • Vessel Limit 18

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Migratory Limit: 18

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for migratory fish is 18 fish.

  • 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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