- All harvest of tarpon is eliminated, with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag.
- Tarpon tags are limited to one per person, per year except for properly licensed charter boat captains and fishing guides.
- Transport or shipment of tarpon is limited to one fish per person.
- There is a one-fish-per-vessel limit for tarpon.
- Gear used for tarpon is limited to hook-and-line only.
- Multiple-hook rigs with live or dead natural bait cannot be used to target tarpon or bonefish.
- People can temporarily possess a smaller tarpon for photography, measurement of length and girth and scientific sampling. All tarpon more than 40 inches must remain in the water.
- Tarpon regulations extend into federal waters.
- The bonefish tournament exemption permit is eliminated. (This exemption allowed tournament anglers with the proper permit to temporarily possess bonefish for transport to a tournament scale.)