Department Of Commerce - Final authority over all decisions made regarding Federal waters.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Oversees ALL National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) operations and actions.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Regulatory agency established to oversee marine fisheries in all federally controlled waters.
National Marine Fisheries Service South East Regional Office (NMFS SERO) - Oversees the South East Region of NMFS. Includes Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina federal waters.
South East Fisheries Science Center - Produces fish stock assessments and other scientific information to NMFS as directed, also organizes and conducts SEDAR (South East Data Assessment and Review) workshops.
Gulf Of Mexico Fisheries Management Council - Referred to as the Gulf Council. One of eight regional councils that oversee fisheries management in the federal waters adjacent to the Gulf states. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas
North Atlantic Marine Fisheries Commission