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General Permit Information - Last Updated  7/3/14

DEALER PERMITS

Click here for a flow chart to see when/if a dealer will be required to obtain a Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer Permit (GSAD) by August 7, 2014.

ATLANTIC DOLPHIN-WAHOO DEALERS

Under 50 CFR 622.270, for a dealer to receive dolphin or wahoo harvested from the Atlantic EEZ, a dealer permit for Atlantic dolphin and wahoo must be issued to the dealer. To obtain a dealer permit, the applicant must have a valid state wholesaler's license in the state(s) where the dealer operates, if required by such state(s), and must have a physical facility at a fixed location in such state(s).

GOLDEN CRAB - SOUTH ATLANTIC

Under 50 CFR 622.240, for a dealer to receive South Atlantic golden crab harvested from the South Atlantic EEZ, a dealer permit for South Atlantic golden crab, respectively, must be issued to the dealer. To obtain a dealer permit, the applicant must have a valid state wholesaler's license in the state(s) where the dealer operates, if required by such state(s), and must have a physical facility at a fixed location in such state(s).

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REEF FISH - GULF OF MEXICO

Under 50 CFR 622.20, for a dealer to receive Gulf reef fish harvested from the EEZ, a dealer permit for Gulf reef fish must be issued to the dealer. To obtain a dealer permit or endorsement, the applicant must have a valid state wholesaler's license in the state(s) where the dealer operates, if required by such state(s), and must have a physical facility at a fixed location in such state(s).

ROCK SHRIMP - SOUTH ATLANTIC

Under 50 CFR 622.200, for a dealer to receive rock shrimp harvested from the South Atlantic EEZ, a dealer permit for South Atlantic rock shrimp must be issued to the dealer. To obtain a dealer permit, the applicant must have a valid state wholesaler's license in the state(s) where the dealer operates, if required by such state(s), and must have a physical facility at a fixed location in such state(s).

WRECKFISH - SOUTH ATLANTIC AND SNAPPER-GROUPER - SOUTH ATLANTIC

Under 50 CFR 622.170, for a dealer to receive South Atlantic snapper-grouper or wreckfish harvested from the South Atlantic EEZ, a dealer permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper or wreckfish, respectively, must be issued to the dealer. To obtain a dealer permit or endorsement, the applicant must have a valid state wholesaler's license in the state(s) where the dealer operates, if required by such state(s), and must have a physical facility at a fixed location in such state(s).

SHARK - ATLANTIC

Under 50 CFR 635.4, a first receiver, as defined in § 635.2, of any Atlantic shark species listed in Table 1 of Appendix A to Part 635 must possess a valid dealer permit. All Federal Atlantic shark dealers or a proxy for each place of business, must be certified by NMFS, or its designee, as having completed an Atlantic shark identification workshop.

SWORDFISH - ATLANTIC

Under 50 CFR 635.4, a person that receives, purchases, trades for, or barters for Atlantic swordfish from a fishing vessel of the United States, as defined under 50 CFR 600.10, must possess a valid dealer permit.

OPEN ACCESS PERMITS

New permits may be issued; these permits may NOT be transferred

ATLANTIC DOLPHIN-WAHOO CHARTER VESSEL/HEADBOAT

For a person aboard a vessel that is operating as a charter vessel/headboat to fish for or possess a dolphin-wahoo in or from Federal waters in the Atlantic, an Atlantic dolphin-wahoo charter vessel/headboat permit must be issued to that vessel. There are no earned income or landing requirements for this permit.  An owner of a charter vessel/headboat who desires to sell dolphin is required to obtain a dolphin-wahoo commercial vessel permit (see below) in addition to the charter vessel/headboat permit.  (The sale of wahoo harvested in the Atlantic EEZ by a vessel operating as a charter vessel/headboat is not allowed.)  The permit will only be valid if there is someone on the vessel that has a valid Vessel Operator Permit Card issued by the Southeast Regional Office of NMFS or by the Northeast Regional Office of NMFS.

ATLANTIC DOLPHIN-WAHOO COMMERCIAL

A vessel must be issued an Atlantic dolphin-wahoo commercial permit to be eligible for exemption from the bag and possession limits for dolphin-wahoo in the Atlantic EEZ or to sell dolphin-wahoo harvested in the Atlantic EEZ.  . The permit will only be valid if there is someone on the vessel that has a valid Vessel Operator Permit Card issued by the Southeast Regional Office of NMFS or by the Northeast Regional Office of NMFS.

SOUTH ATLANTIC COASTAL MIGRATORY PELAGIC CHARTER OR SNAPPER-GROUPER CHARTER
For a person aboard a vessel that is operating as a charter vessel or headboat to fish for or possess a coastal migratory pelagic fish or snapper-grouper in or from Federal waters off the southern Atlantic states, a charter permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board. These permits do NOT allow for the sale of fish caught under these permits.

SOUTH ATLANTIC PENAEID SHRIMP

For a person aboard a trawler to fish for Penaeid shrimp (brown, pink, or white shrimp) in the South Atlantic EEZ or possess penaeid shrimp in or from the South Atlantic EEZ, a valid (not expired) commercial vessel permit for South Atlantic penaeid shrimp must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board.

GULF OF MEXICO ROYAL RED SHRIMP ENDORSEMENT

For a person aboard a vessel to fish for royal red shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico EEZ or possess royal red shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico EEZ, a valid vessel permit for Gulf of Mexico shrimp and a royal red shrimp endorsement must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board.  This endorsement is not transferable.

SPANISH MACKEREL

For a person aboard a vessel in Federal waters to be eligible for exemption from the bag limits and to fish under a commercial allocation for Spanish mackerel, a commercial permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  At time of application income criteria must be submitted.  If applying for a Spanish mackerel permit, earned income or gross sales requirement must be met at time of application.  See Earned Income or Gross Sales Requirements for Commercial Permits on page 4 of these instructions.

SPINY LOBSTER

For a person aboard a vessel in Federal waters off of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama to be exempt from the daily catch and possession limit, a commercial spiny lobster permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Florida's requirements apply to a vessel fishing in Federal waters off Florida.  The daily bag or possession limit for spiny lobster in or from the EEZ of the southern Atlantic states other than Florida (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia), is two per person for recreational and commercial fishing year round.  To possess a separated spiny lobster tail in or from Federal waters, a tail-separation permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Tail separation permits may only be obtained for vessels that, due to the nature of the fishing, are required to remain at sea for 48 hours or longer.  To obtain a lobster tailing permit, you must possess a Florida Saltwater Products License (SPL) with a crayfish endorsement or, if you do not have a Florida SPL, you must possess or simultaneously obtain a valid Federal Spiny Lobster (LC) permit.  If applying for a commercial spiny lobster permit, the income requirement must be met at time of application. See Earned Income Requirements for Commercial Permits on page 4 of these instructions.

SOUTH ATLANTIC ROCK SHRIMP (CAROLINAS ZONE)

For a person aboard a fishing vessel to fish for rock shrimp in Federal waters from the Virginia/North Carolina border to the East Coast of Florida, either a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit or a South Atlantic Rock Shrimp (Carolinas EEZ) permit is required.  

A vessel may not be issued both a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit and a Rock Shrimp (Carolinas Zone) permit simultaneously.  If a vessel has a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit, which is valid (not expired) as of the date of this application, and the vessel owner is applying for a Rock Shrimp (Carolinas Zone) permit on the same vessel, the Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit must first be transferred from the vessel or surrendered to NMFS.

HMS Commercial Caribbean Small Boat

The HMS Commercial Caribbean Small Boat (CCSB) permit is for commercial vessels that wish to catch Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack (BAYS) tunas, and swordfish in U.S. Caribbean waters. No other HMS permits can be obtained together with the CCSB and the boat must be less than or equal to 45’ in length.

LIMITED ACCESS PERMITS

New permits will NOT be issued; these permits MAY be transferred.  Please note that charter permits DO NOT allow you to sell fish caught on a charter.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
For all transferable permits – an expired permit MAY be transferred only when the seller(s) has signed over the permit AND the seller’s signature(s) was notarized BEFORE the expiration date. Otherwise, an expired permit must be renewed by the permit holder shown on the front of the permit before it can be signed over for transfer to ownership by another entity.  Permits that have been expired for more than 1 year and have been terminated will not be transferred or renewed.

SOUTH ATLANTIC ROCK SHRIMP (SOUTH ATLANTIC EEZ)

For a person aboard a fishing vessel to fish for rock shrimp in Federal waters from Georgia and the east coast of Florida, a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit is required.  To transfer a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit, the original valid (not expired) permit must be signed and notarized as required, and returned with the application and all applicable documents. Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired permits may not be transferred.

A vessel may not be issued both a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit and a Rock Shrimp (Carolinas Zone) permit simultaneously.  If a vessel has been issued a Rock Shrimp (Carolinas Zone) permit, which is valid (not expired) as of the date of this application, and the vessel owner is applying for a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit on the same vessel, the Rock Shrimp (Carolinas Zone) permit must first be surrendered to the NMFS.  Similarly, if a vessel has been issued a Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit, which is valid (not expired) as of the date of this application, and the vessel owner is applying for a Rock Shrimp (Carolinas Zone) permit on the same vessel, the Rock Shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) permit must first be transferred from the vessel or surrendered to the NMFS.

SOUTH ATLANTIC SNAPPER-GROUPER UNLIMITED and 225-LB (EXCLUDING WRECKFISH PERMITS)

For a person aboard a vessel in Federal waters to be eligible for exemption from the bag limits, a valid commercial permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board. Permits for the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery are under a limited entry program. NMFS will not issue new South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Unlimited or 225-lb permits.

• A vessel owner intending to obtain a South Atlantic Snapper Grouper unlimited permit must transfer existing valid (not expired) permit(s) from another vessel. NMFS will transfer a single Snapper Grouper Unlimited permit only to the permit holder’s immediate family (e.g. mother, father, brother, sister, son,  daughter, or spouse). A vessel owner intending to obtain a South Atlantic Snapper Grouper unlimited permit from a permit holder who is not in the vessel owner’s immediate family must obtain and exchange two such permits for one permit to be issued.  If the permit is in a company name, the name of the company may change but if it is a new company with a new Tax Identification Number (TIN), the permit must be a 2 for 1 transfer. 

• South Atlantic snapper-grouper (excluding wreckfish) 225-lb trip limit permits are only transferable to a vessel owned or leased by the same permit holder. To transfer a Snapper Grouper permit, submit the original valid permit along with an application and all applicable documents.

For all South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit transfers, the original valid (not expired) permit(s) must be returned with the application and all applicable  documents. Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired permits may not be transferred.

SOUTH ATLANTIC SEA BASS POT ENDORSEMENT

For a person aboard a vessel in Federal waters to use a South Atlantic Sea Bass pot, in addition to a South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Unlimited permit, an endorsement to the commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board. Endorsements for the South Atlantic Sea Bass pots are under a limited entry program. NMFS will not issue any new endorsements. A vessel owner intending to obtain a South Atlantic Sea Bass Pot Endorsement must transfer an existing valid or renewable endorsement from another vessel. To transfer an endorsement, submit the original valid or renewable endorsement (with the seller’s notarized signature) along with an application and all applicable documents. NMFS must receive an application to renew or transfer a South Atlantic Sea Bass Pot Endorsement within one year of the endorsement’s expiration date or the endorsement will become non-renewable and non-transferable.

GULF OF MEXICO CHARTER/ HEADBOAT FOR COASTAL MIGRATORY PELAGICS

For a person aboard a vessel that is operating as a charter vessel or headboat to fish for or possess a coastal migratory pelagic fish in or from Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, a moratorium charter permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Permits for Gulf coastal migratory pelagic charter are under a moratorium.  No new vessel may be permitted except by transfer of a valid (not expired) permit.  To transfer a Gulf of Mexico Charter/Headboat for Coastal Migratory Pelagic fish permit, the original valid permit must be signed and notarized as required, and returned with an application and all applicable documents.  Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired permits may not be transferred.

GULF OF MEXICO CHARTER/ HEADBOAT FOR REEF FISH

For a person aboard a vessel that is operating as a charter vessel or headboat to fish for or possess a reef fish in or from Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a moratorium charter permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Permits for Gulf of Mexico reef fish charter are under a moratorium.  No new vessel may be permitted except by transfer of a valid (not expired) permit.  To transfer a Gulf of Mexico Charter/ Headboat for Reef Fish permit, the original valid (not expired) permit must be signed and notarized as required and, returned with an application and all applicable documents.  Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired permits may not be transferred.

GULF OF MEXICO COMMERCIAL REEF FISH

As a prerequisite to sell reef fish in or from Federal waters and to be eligible for exemption from the bag limits, a commercial permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Permits for the commercial reef fish fishery are under a limited entry program.  No new vessels may be permitted except by transfer of a valid (not expired) permit.  To transfer a Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish permit, the original valid (not expired) permit must be signed and notarized as required, and returned with the application and all applicable documents.  Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired permits may not be transferred.  Please note: Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Permits may only be renewed or transferred on vessels that have an installed, activated and operational Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).

EASTERN GULF REEF FISH BOTTOM LONGLINE ENDORSEMENT

For a person aboard a vessel, for which a valid (not expired) commercial vessel permit for Gulf reef fish had been issued, to use a bottom longline for Gulf reef fish in the Gulf EEZ east of 85°30' W. long., a valid  eastern Gulf reef fish bottom longline endorsement must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board.   This endorsement must be renewed annually and may only be renewed if the associated vessel has a valid commercial vessel permit for Gulf Reef Fish or both the endorsement and permit are renewed concurrently.  The owner of a vessel with a valid reef fish bottom longline endorsement may transfer that endorsement to an owner of a vessel that has a valid commercial vessel permit for Gulf reef fish. To transfer an Eastern Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Bottom Long Line Endorsement, the original valid endorsement must be signed and notarized as required, returned with the application and all applicable documents.  Endorsements must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired endorsements may not be transferred.

GULF OF MEXICO SHRIMP

For a person aboard a vessel to fish for or shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico EEZ or possess shrimp in or from the Gulf of Mexico EEZ, a valid commercial vessel permit for Gulf of Mexico shrimp must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board.  To transfer a Gulf of Mexico shrimp permit, the original valid permit must be signed and notarized as required and, returned with the application and all applicable documents.  Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date– expired permits may not be transferred.

KING MACKEREL

For a person aboard a vessel in Federal waters to be eligible for exemption from the bag limits and to fish under a commercial allocation for king mackerel, a commercial permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Permits for King Mackerel are under a limited entry program.  No new vessel may be permitted except by transfer of a valid (not expired) permit.  To transfer a King Mackerel permit, the original valid (not expired) permit must be signed and notarized as required, and returned with the application and all applicable documents.  Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date– expired permits may not be transferred.

GILLNET FOR KING MACKEREL

For a person aboard a vessel in Federal waters to use a run-around gillnet for King Mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone, a commercial gillnet permit for King Mackerel must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Gillnet permits for King Mackerel are under a limited entry program.  No new vessel may be permitted except by transfer of a valid (not expired) permit.  Gillnet permits for King Mackerel may only be transferred to an immediate family member (mother, father, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister).  To transfer a gillnet for King Mackerel permit, the original valid (not expired) permit must be signed and notarized as required, and returned with the application and all applicable documents.  Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date– expired permits may not be transferred.

SHARK

As a prerequisite to sell a shark in or from Federal waters and to be eligible for exemption from the bag limits, a commercial permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  Permits for the shark fishery are under a limited entry program.  No new vessels may be permitted except by transfer of a valid (not expired) limited entry permit.  To transfer a shark permit, the original valid permit must be signed and notarized as required, and returned with the application and all applicable documents.  Permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired permits may not be transferred.

SWORDFISH

To fish for or possess swordfish in or from the North Atlantic Ocean, or take swordfish as bycatch, whether or not retained, a commercial permit must be issued to the vessel and be on board.  All swordfish permits issued by the Southeast Regional Office are under a limited entry program and no new vessels may be permitted except by transfer of a valid (not expired) limited entry permit.  To transfer a swordfish permit, the original valid (not expired) permit must be signed and notarized as required and, returned with the application and all applicable documents.  These permits must be renewed within one year of the expiration date – expired permits may not be transferred.

ATLANTIC TUNA LONGLINE

Vessel owners conducting longline operations that may result in the incidental taking of large, medium and giant bluefin or in the directed/incidental taking of other Atlantic tunas must obtain this permit.  The number of longline permits is limited, i.e., a vessel owner seeking to obtain a longline permit must obtain a longline permit from a qualified permit holder.  To transfer an Atlantic Tuna Longline permit, the original valid permit must be signed and notarized as required, and returned with the application and all applicable documents.  Expired permits may not be transferred.  Important:  A total of 3 permits (swordfish, shark, and tuna longline) must be obtained to use longline to fish for tunas.  The shark and swordfish permit may be either directed or incidental.  Directed swordfish and shark permits are subject to upgrading and ownership restrictions.  For further information on swordfish, shark, or tuna regulations, please call the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at (301) 713-2347.