Marlin, White

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Good, but may contain super high mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Measurements Min Size: 66 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • Gear HMS Billfish

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit

  • Additional Notes
    Individuals not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.
    Billfish may be gutted at sea, but must be landed whole with head, fins, and bill intact.
    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.
    There is an annual U.S. landings limit of 250 Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, and roundscale spearfish (combined). Landings updates and seasonal closures are posted at www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highly-migratoryspecies/atlantic-highly-migratory-species-landings-updates.
    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

  • Measurements Min Size: 66 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    No bag or possession limit.

    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.

    Contact the HMS Management Division at (301) 713-2347 for seasonal closures and additional requirements. Report all non-tournament recreational Atlantic billfish landings to NMFS within 24 hours by calling (800) 894-5528.
    Individuals not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.

  • Measurements Min Size: 86 in Total Length

  • License Required
    HMS permit required in federal waters.

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only. No daily bag limit.
    All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov).
    Individuals not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 66 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Billfish Limit: 1

  • License Required
    HMS permit required in federal waters.

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov).
    Individuals not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.

  • 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.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 66 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Marlin Limit: 1

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

  • Additional Notes
    White Marlin landed in North Carolina must be reported at state operated reporting stations. Prior to removal from vessel, all billfishes, swordfish and bluefin tuna must be reported to NC HMS reporting stations. You must report recreational landings of billfish in North Carolina by calling 1-800-338-7804.
    Individuals not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.

  • Measurements Min Size: 66 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    May only be taken by rod and reel.
    Billfish to be released may not be removed from the water.
    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 1-800-894-5528 or online at hmspermits.noaa.gov.

  • Additional Notes
    Catch and release only. Individuals must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 66 in Lower Jaw to Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Billfish Limit: 1

  • License Required
    HMS permit required in federal waters.

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov).
    Individuals not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.

  • 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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