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NOAA Fisheries Reminds Atlantic Federal Charter/Headboat

Permit Holders of Renewal Requirements


For persons on a charter vessel or headboat to fish for or possess Atlantic dolphin/wahoo, Atlantic coastal migratory pelegics, and South Atlantic snapper-grouper in federal waters, a federal permit must have been issued to the vessel.  NOAA Fisheries reminds permit holders that those permits must be renewed each year.  The permit expiration date is printed on the front of the permit. 


Persons may not fish for or possess those species on a charter or headboat trip if the vessel permit is expired.  Persons who fish for or possess these species on a vessel with an expired permit may be subject to penalties.  Expired permits must be renewed; permit renewal applications are available on the web at:  NOAA Fisheries mails a renewal notice to the permit holder about two months before the permit expiration date.  However, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to renew the permit regardless of whether or not they receive a notice.

The application for renewal should include all supporting documents, including a copy of the vessel’s unexpired United States Coast Guard document or, if not documented, the vessel’s unexpired state registration.  Also, the Permit Office will confirm compliance with all applicable logbooks, effort surveys, economic surveys, gear reports, and landing certifications, so permit applicants should ensure these reports have been submitted in accordance with their respective instructions.

For more information on federal permits, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at:

For a list of current valid charter/headboat permits and permit holders, please visit:





NOAA Fisheries Southeast is pleased to announce the introduction of our Text Message Alert Program.  The program will allow you to sign up to receive important fishery related alerts via text message. Text alerts you may receive include immediate fishery openings and closures, and any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly.
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Sign up for related alerts for one or more of the following groups. Standard message & data rates may apply. You may opt-out at any time.
  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries: Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries: Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries: Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries: Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries: Text CARIBFISH to 888777