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National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

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NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) recognizes the fundamental role that recreational fishing plays in the lives and livelihoods of Pacific Islanders. Working alongside fishermen, partners, and others, PIRO works to conserve the fish populations and protect our unique fishing traditions.


Read the 2016-2017 regional implementation plan for recreational fisheries in the Pacific Islands here.

Hawaii: Mandatory Boating & Safety Education. Beginning November 10, 2014, all individuals who operate a motorized vessel in Hawaii’s State waters must have taken a boating safety course and show proof of certification. Click here for more details.

Pacific Islands Region FAD Issues and Priorities Workshop Summary (PDF)

2012 Pacific Islands Recreational (Non-Commercial) Fishing Summit. NOAA Fisheries invited 28 fishermen delegates from Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii to a fishing summit held at Pier 38 in Honolulu on August 21-23, 2012. Read more

National Saltwater Angler Registry. Federal law requires certain Hawaii fishermen (including spear fishermen) to sign up with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. Registration is not required if you only fish in freshwater, are under 16 years old, fish only on licensed charter boats, fish only within 3 miles from shore (State waters), or are fishing under a valid commercial marine license. Read more

The Importance and Future of Recreational Fishing. In terms of both catch and economic contribution, recreational fishing is an important part of managing living marine resources. Recreational fishermen account for nearly a quarter of all landings of targeted species nationally. Read more