2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 26



SALTWATER FISHING
SALTWATER FISHING IN LOUISIANA
STATE AND FEDERAL LICENSES AND PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
STATE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
1. Basic Fishing License
2. Saltwater Fishing License
3. A Recreational Offshore Landing
Permit (ROLP), free of charge, is
required of all anglers to possess
tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks,
groupers, hinds, snappers, dolphinfish, wahoo and cobia, EXCEPT those
anglers on a paid for-hire trip where
the captain possesses a valid Charter
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit,
or those anglers that are under the
age of 16, not normally required to
have a fishing license.
• The Recreational Offshore Landing
Permit can be found on the LDWF
website at rolp.wlf.la.gov or
through smartphone applications.
The iPhone app can be downloaded free of charge from the App
Store by searching for the “LDWF
ROLP.” The Android app can also
be downloaded free of charge
from the Google Play Store by
searching for “LDWF ROLP.”
All applicable licenses must be in possession of the fisherman.
FEDERAL LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
The National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS) manages the Atlantic Highly
Migratory Species (HMS) Division in the
Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and
Caribbean Sea.
1. An Atlantic HMS Angling Permit is
required for vessels fishing for tunas,
billfishes, swordfish and sharks. You
may apply for an initial or renewal
permit in one of several ways. The
permit fee is $20.
• To apply for an initial or renewal
permit online visit the NMFS Permit
Shop at hmspermits.noaa.gov.
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An initial or renewal application
package can be downloaded from
the NMFS Permit Shop or mailed
by calling the NMFS at 888-8728862.
• Renew permits by calling the automated voice response system at
888-872-8862. Permits will be
valid from the date of issuance
through Dec. 31, 2019.
• A shark endorsement is required
when targeting or possessing
sharks under this permit. See
hmspermits.noaa.gov for more
details.
An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat
Permit is required for all charter or
headboat fishing for and/or retaining
regulated Atlantic HMS in federal
waters of the Gulf of Mexico The permit fee is $20. HMS Charter/Headboat
Permit will be valid from the date of
issuance through Dec. 31, 2019.
A Federal Shrimp Vessel Permit is
required for all vessels fishing shrimp
in the Gulf of Mexico EEZ.
Information about obtaining HMS permits
and regulations are available at hmspermits.
noaa.gov or by calling 888-872-8862.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

Noaa HMS Permits

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