Swordfish Permit Link
To catch and keep a swordfish, tuna, billfish and some sharks, you must have a HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES PERMIT. You can get one on line by clicking on this link
SWORDFISH PERMIT LINK
The recreational daily swordfish retention limit is 1 fish per person, with a maximum of 3 fish per vessel.
The minimum size for swordfish within the recreational fishery is 47 inches, lower jaw-fork length.
You may not keep longbill spearfish.
There are no retention limits for Atlantic sailfish, blue marlin and white marlin, but the NOAA Fisheries encourages recreational anglers to release all billfish alive.
The minimum sizes for billfish are as follows:
Blue Marlin: 99 inches lower jaw fork length;
White Marlin: 66 inches lower jaw fork length;
Sailfish: 63 inches lower jaw fork length;
Spearfish: Retention prohibited. Lower jaw fork length is a straight line measurement from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the caudal fin.
The recreational limit on sharks is 1 shark per vessel per trip with a minimum size of 54 inches fork length; plus on Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip(no minimum size); plus 1 bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size). None of these fish may be sold, and all must be reported.
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