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Minimum Size Limit

S - 47” lower jaw  fork length with head attached or 25” cleithrum to keel lengh if head removed SA Whole fish: 47” lower Jaw to tail fork or 29” carcass Lengh

Closed Season

None

Daily Recreational Bag Limit

S 1 per harvester per day not to exceed a maximum  of 4 per recreational (not for hire) vessel or 15 per hire vessel per day. SA 1 per person; maximum 4 per vessel (6 per vessel for charter boats; 15 per vessel for headboats

Remarks

SA Bag limits are subject to sub-quotas by size and permit categories, change seasonally, and are reduced to zero when sub-quotas are filled. Report all recreational swordfish and billfish landings within 24 hours to NOAA at 800-894-5528. HMS Permit required in all federal waters. All HMS species (except blackfin tuna) require an HMS Angling Category permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits available by calling 888-872-8862 or visiting www.nmfspermits.com. For complete HMS regulations, contact the NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 301-713-2347 or visit the website at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.


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