Fishing Regulations



Anglers in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Have you read through the U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial and Recreational Fishers’ Information Handbook yet? The handbook provides a summary of fishing regulations in local (Territorial) and federal waters around the USVI. Included are species-specific regulations, closed seasons and managed marine areas, general policies, and other educational information.

DFW Fisher Handbook 2019 **The 2019 and 2020 books are identical**

Fisher Handbook 2018

USVI Territorial Waters (0 – 3 nm from shore)

USVI territorial waters extend from land to 3 nautical miles offshore and are managed by the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Official fishing regulations for USVI territorial waters are presented in the Virgin Islands Code ( hottopics/vicode/). For additional and updated regulations concerning USVI territorial waters, contact the USVI Division of Environmental Enforcement at 340-774-3320 (St. Thomas/St. John) or 340-773-5774 (St. Croix).

Federal Waters (3 – 200 nm from shore)

Federal waters around the USVI are those from 3 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles offshore. Regulations pertaining to federal waters are presented in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations ( For current and specific regulations for fishing in federal waters, fishers should contact the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Southeast Regional Office at 727-824-5305 or consult official sources of information, such as the Federal Register. Fishers with questions about Atlantic Highly Migratory Species should call the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division at 727-824-5399 (Spanish or English) or 301-427-8503 (English only).

Fishing regulations are subject to change. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the latest territorial and federal regulatory updates and to comply with the current official regulations.

Fishing Registration

Application and Instructions: Fishermen Ag DLCA form_7.06.2020

The St. Thomas/St. John commercial fisher registration will be held Monday, July 13th – Friday July 17th 2020, from 8:30pm – 2:30pm at the lower level auditorium of the Charles Turnbull Library in St. Thomas.

The St. Croix commercial fisher registration will be held Monday, July 13th – Friday July 17th 2020, from 8:30pm – 2:30pm at the Anna’s Hope Environmental Enforcement offices.

All commercial fishers are strongly encouraged to register during this period in their respective districts. All recommendations of the Virgin Islands Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control will be followed. Please bring water as fishers will be seated outdoors in the shade while waiting. Masks will be required for service.

For more information or make an appointment for later in July, contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife in St. Thomas at 340-775-6762 and in St. Croix at 340-773-1082 or visit the website for the most up-to date information.