Allowable Gear

Allowable Fishing Gear in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico

Allowable Gear

 

Fishery Allowable Gear Types
Gulf of Mexico Red Drum FMP

All

No harvest or possession in the EEZ

Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish FMP

A. Snapper-Grouper reef fish longline/hook and line fishery

Longline, handline, bandit gear, rod and reel, buoy gear

B. Other commercial fishery

Spear, powerhead, cast net, trawl

C. Recreational fishery

Spear, powerhead, bandit gear, handline, rod and reel, cast net

Gulf of Mexico Shrimp FMP

A. Commercial fishery

Trawl, butterfly net, skimmer, cast net

B. Recreational fishery

Trawl

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Migratory Pelagics FMP

A. Large pelagics longline fishery

Longline

B. King/Spanish mackerel gillnet fishery

Run-around Gillnet

C. Pelagic hook and line fishery

Bandit gear, handline, rod and reel

D. Pelagic species purse seine fishery

Purse seine

E. Recreational fishery

Bandit gear, handline, rod and reel, spear

Gulf of Mexico Spiny Lobster FMP

A. Commercial fishery

B. Recreational fishery

Trap, pot, dip net, bully net, hoop net, trawl, snare, hand harvest

Dip net, bully net, pot, trap, snare, hand harvest

Gulf of Mexico Stone Crab (Non-FMP)

A. Trap and pot fishery

B. Recreational fishery

Trap, pot

Trap, pot, hand harvest

Blue Crab Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Trap, pot

Golden Crab Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Trap

Recreational Fishery (Non-FMP)

 

Bandit gear, handline, rod and reel, spear, bully net, gillnet, dip net, longline, powerhead, seine, slurp gun, trap, trawl, harpoon, cast net, hoop net, hook and line, hand harvest

Mullet Fishery (Non-FMP)

A. Trawl fishery

B. Gillnet fishery

C. Pair trawl fishery

D. Cast net fishery

E. Recreational fishery

Trawl

Gillnet

Pair trawl

Cast net

Bandit gear, handline, rod and reel, spear, cast net

Inshore Coastal Gillnet Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Gillnet

Octopus Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Trap, pot

Marine Life Aquarium Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Dip net, slurp gun, barrier net, drop net, allowable chemical, trap, pot, trawl

Coastal Herring Trawl Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Trawl

Butterfish Trawl Fishery (Non-FMP

All

Trawl

Gulf of Mexico Groundfish (Non-FMP)

A. Commercial fishery

B. Recreational Fishery

Trawl, purse seine, gillnet

Hook and line, rod and reel, spear

Gulf of Mexico Menhaden Purse Seine Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Purse seine

Sardine Purse Seine Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Purse seine

Marine Life Aquarium Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Dip net, slurp gun, barrier net, drop net, allowable chemical, trap, pot, trawl

Oyster Fishery (Non-FMP)

All

Dredge, tongs

Other Non-FMP Fisheries

Commercial fishery

Trawl, gillnet, hook and line, longline, handline, rod and reel, bandit gear, cast net, lampera net, spear