2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 34



FOR-HIRE OPERATORS/CHARTER VESSELS
Contact: Jason Adriance, 504.284.2032, jadriance@wlf.la.gov
Licenses & Permits
To operate a vessel for hire and derive income from taking recreational fishermen to saltwater areas within the state to take fish, you must have
one or more of the following licenses issued by LDWF. To apply for LDWF-issued licenses, contact 225.765.2898 or visit LDWF’s headquarters at
2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. New applicants must apply in person at LDWF’s headquarters. Renew your license online at la-web.s3licensing.
com. You must have additional permits issued by NOAA Fisheries to operate a vessel for hire in federal waters and take passengers to recreationally
fish for and retain federally managed species. Fishermen should stay informed of the state/federal jurisdictional boundary as future congressional
actions may affect current boundary demarcation as it applies to reef fish species.
You must have a/
an:
Fees and notes:
Operate a charter fishing vessel in
saltwater areas of the state
Charter Boat
Fishing Guide
License
Up to six passengers: $250 resident, $1,500 nonresident; more than six
passengers: $500 resident, $2,500 nonresident. To qualify for this license,
the captain of a charter vessel must present the following:
• A valid U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License
• A valid driver’s license
• A Louisiana Recreational Fishing License.
• Proof of liability insurance (see page 33)
A licensed Charter Boat Fishing Guide may not have a Spotted Seatrout
Permit.
Are a charter fishing operation which
does not have a charter boat fishing guide
present and consists of a large vessel
carrying small skiffs that will be used by no
more than two people for fishing purposes
• Mothership
License (for the
main motorized
vessel)
• Charter Skiff
License (for
each skiff)
• Mothership with up to six skiffs: $1,000 resident and nonresident;
mothership with more than six skiffs: $2,000 resident and nonresident;
mothership captain must have a valid U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License
on his person.
• Charter Skiff License (2 persons per skiff limit): $50 resident and
nonresident; identifies the mothership to which it is attached; a licensed
skiff may only be used for fishing purposes while the mothership to
which it’s attached is located in Louisiana waters
Are a charter boat captain whose
passengers are fishing for tunas, billfish,
swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers,
hinds, cobia, wahoo or dolphin
Charter
Recreational
Offshore Landing
Permit
No fee; go to www.wlf.la.gov/rolp for more details and to obtain a permit.
Own or operate a charter vessel or
headboat and take people out fishing
in federal waters to catch and keep
mackerels, cobia, little tunny, cero, dolphin
or bluefish
Gulf of Mexico
Charter Vessel/
Headboat Coastal
Migratory Pelagics
Permit
No permits are currently being issued (as of 6/16/2003); you may not
sell fish under this permit. Go to sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/permits for more
information.
Own or operate a charter vessel or
headboat and take people out fishing in
federal waters to catch and keep snappers,
groupers, amberjack, tilefish, hogfish or
gray triggerfish
NOAA Fisheries
Charter Vessel/
Headboat Reef
Fish Permit
No permits are currently being issued (as of 6/16/2003). You may not sell
fish under this permit. If your vessel also has a federal Commercial Reef
Fish Permit, it must have a VMS onboard. Go to sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/
permits for more information.
NOAA Fisheries
Atlantic Highly
Migratory Species
(HMS) Charter/
Headboat Permit
$20; go to hmspermits.noaa.gov to buy or renew a permit. A licensed U.S.
Coast Guard captain must be onboard the vessel fishing for Atlantic HMS.
The vessel must comply with U.S. Coast Guard safety gear regulations. A
permitted vessel may take passengers to recreationally fish for or retain any
Atlantic HMS with rod and reel; tunas, sharks and swordfish with handline;
tunas with green-stick or bandit gear; and free-swimming tunas (except
bluefin) with a speargun. This permit also allows some commercial sale of
tunas, swordfish and sharks, depending on the for-hire status of the vessel
and possession of certain permits. A shark endorsement on the permit is
required to fish recreationally for sharks.
If you:
Own or operate a charter vessel or
headboat fishing for or retaining tunas,
sharks, swordfish and billfish in both state
or federal waters
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