Law Office of Patrick Flanigan - Commercial Fishing Law

Law Office of
Patrick Flanigan
P.O. Box 42
Swarthmore, PA 19081-0042
Toll-free: 877-275-5191
Phone: 610-628-0539
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Commercial Fishing and Maritime Law, Employment Law

Maryland Fishery Management Plans Lawyer

Representing Your Interests in Fishery Management Plans

If you are a commercial fisherman or boat owner subject to regulations promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) or a fishery management plan (FMP), your participation in the development of a plan plays a crucial role in the continued success of your operations.

For guidance through the complex statutory and regulatory structure surrounding FMPs, seek knowledgeable counsel founded on experience. The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan helps clients nationwide successfully navigate the process of understanding, reviewing and challenging FMPs.

With over 18 years of commercial fishing experience, attorney Patrick Flanigan knows firsthand the unique concerns and interests that those who work in this industry face every day. To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced maritime lawyer, contact his firm online or call toll free at 877-275-5191.

Understanding the Regulatory Structure

The NMFS, along with eight Regional Councils, develop FMPs for a given region. Pursuant to the statutory authority of the federal Magnuson-Stevens Act, fishery management plans spell out various criteria for that apply to commercial fishing operations in a fishery, including:

  • Gear restrictions, including specifications and restrictions pertaining to nets, mesh size, liners, dredges, cages, lobster pots and traps, and longlines
  • Defining what and when specific areas are closed to fishing
  • Permits to fish for particular species
  • Catch limits and quotas
  • Gear restrictions for different types of catches
  • Vessel monitoring system (VMS or "black box") requirements

Work with an Experienced Maritime Lawyer in Challenging a FMP

You only have 30 days after the promulgation of a FMP or other commercial fishing regulation to raise a challenge. Time is of the essence, and no injunctive relief is available. Challenges go directly to the federal court for a hearing. From beginning to end, attorney Patrick Flanigan is committed to assisting commercial fishermen and boat owners to understand their rights and protect their livelihood.

The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan represents clients nationwide in commercial fishing and all other types of maritime matters. Contact the firm online or call toll free at 877-275-5191 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation.

For your convenience, attorney Patrick Flanigan offers evening and weekend consultations. Contingent, hourly and other negotiated fee structures are available and may be customized to your needs.


The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan is a maritime law firm that represents clients nationwide. It serves clients in states along the eastern seaboard including Maryland, Massachusetts (including New Bedford, MA), New York and New Jersey (including Cape May, NJ), as well as Maine (including Portland, ME), Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut and Rhode Island; and the states of Alaska (including Kodiak Island and Dutch Harbor, AK), Louisiana, Alabama and California.