2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 35

Insurance Requirements
Licensed charter boat fishing guides and mothership vessels must have proof of liability insurance in their possession while on the water and
make it available for inspection by duly authorized agents LDWF. Insurance must be:

In their name (charter boat fishing guides only).
Currently in force.
Written by a company with at least an A- rating in the latest printing of A.M. Best’s Key Rating Guide.
Of a commercial nature.
Not associated with a primary residence.
At least $300,000 in coverage per occurrence.
Individuals fishing under the direction of a charter boat fishing guide
or mothership operation south of the saltwater line for saltwater
species must have a Louisiana Recreational Saltwater Fishing License
in addition to a Louisiana Basic Recreational Fishing license, except
those persons otherwise exempted.
Existing state and federal recreational regulations apply. See LDWF
and the Gulf Council’s recreational fishing regulations brochures for
additional details.

Passengers on a for-hire vessel operated by a legally licensed
Louisiana guide who has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore
Landing Permit in his/her possession may harvest and possess
tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, snappers, groupers, hinds,
cobia, wahoo and dolphin without having individual Recreational
Offshore Landing Permits.
Federally permitted for-hire vessels fishing in state waters must
comply with federal regulations, unless state regulations are more

Passengers on charter vessels or headboats with two captains
for trips longer than 24 hours may keep a two-day bag limit of
reef fish, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel. One-day bag limits
apply to all other species and trips, regardless of trip length.
The captain and crew of a vessel under charter may not harvest
any grouper, greater amberjack or red snapper (their possession
limit is zero).
Operators of vessels with Gulf of Mexico reef fish charter vessel/
headboat permits must comply with guidelines for proper care
and release of incidentally caught smalltooth sawfish and sea
turtles and must have specific gear onboard to ensure proper
release of such species.
When fishing for swordfish, a charter vessel may keep no
more than 5 swordfish. All swordfish must be reported via the
NOAA Fisheries HMS permit website or phone number (www.
hmspermits.noaa.gov or 1-888-872-8862).


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