Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP)

A Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) is required to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, and dolphinfish in Louisiana waters. This permit is free of charge.

You do not need an ROLP if you do not fish offshore, if you only go offshore on charter boats as a client, or if you do not fish for or land those species. So, if you're fishing for speckled trout offshore, you do not need an ROLP. But if you land red snapper, you do.   

Private recreational anglers, including those fishing from vessels with a valid federal Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit, are required to have a valid ROLP to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, and dolphinfish in Louisiana waters. Minors (under 16) are not required to have an ROLP. Again, only register for an ROLP if you are planning to go on a private, recreational offshore trip.

Charter captains, including those fishing from vessels with a valid federal charter/headboat permit, are required to have a valid Charter ROLP to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, and dolphinfish in Louisiana waters. A Charter ROLP covers all paying anglers on a charter trip. A Charter ROLP is also valid for the captain on any private, recreational offshore trips he may take. Charter captains should not get a separate ROLP for private trips; they only need a Charter ROLP.

The federal HMS vessel permit is required if you’re fishing for any federally regulated highly migratory species: Atlantic tunas (bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, skipjack, and albacore), sharks, swordfish, white and blue marlin, sailfish, and spearfish. There is a fee for this permit. You can apply and pay for this permit online or by calling 888-872-8862, Monday through Friday, 7am to 4pm CDT. There are also some mandatory reporting requirements for certain species associated with this permit.

Get an ROLP

You can obtain, view, or renew an ROLP online. (If you’re using Internet Explorer above version 8.0, you may experience issues. If so, try an alternate browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox). You will need to have your LDWF Saltwater, Lifetime Fishing, or Lifetime Hunting/Fishing license number ready. You will also need a working email address. If you do not know your 10-digit Lifetime Hunting/Fishing license number, you can look it up on our licensing site.

If you have any questions or experience any issues, please leave feedback or contact Jason Adriance (jadriance@wlf.la.gov, 504-284-2032), Nicole Smith (nsmith@wlf.la.gov, 225-765-2365), or Ty Lindsey (tlindsey@wlf.la.gov, 225-765-2387).

Self-Reporting Recreational Red Snapper Landings in Louisiana

Once you have registered for an ROLP, you will have the opportunity to participate in a study of electronic, self-reporting of recreational red snapper landings as part of Louisiana’s Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP). NOAA Fisheries granted Louisiana this EFP to allow the state to manage recreational red snapper seasons in federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Recreational fishing for red snapper during 2018 and 2019 is only allowed during times and seasons set by LDWF or the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. (Note that federally permitted for-hire vessels are not included in this EFP and may only fish red snapper in federal waters during the federal for-hire season set by NOAA Fisheries—June 1–August 1, 2019.) You can sign up to participate in the electronic reporting study and report your recreational red snapper landings through your ROLP account on the web or through the ROLP app. See additional instructions for electronic reporting, including a videos for using the Android app and iPhone app.

LDWF will use data collected through the electronic reporting study to determine if collecting user-supplied data through a smartphone app or website is feasible. Electronic self-reporting could potentially collect more data and deliver that data faster than we do through standard dockside and telephone sampling. Remember that this is only a study to see if electronic self-reporting will work in the recreational fishing community. We will analyze the results at the conclusion of the EFP and determine if self-reported data can be used in managing recreational fisheries in conjunction with (not replacing) existing landings monitoring programs.

You do not have to sign up for the EFP to fish for and/or land red snapper in Louisiana. The EFP is not a separate permit for individual fishermen. You may fish for and/or land red snapper in Louisiana as long as you have valid Louisiana Basic and Saltwater Fishing Licenses and an ROLP and the season is open.

FAQs

What is an ROLP?

What is the purpose of the ROLP?

Do anglers under 16 years of age need an ROLP?

I am not required to possess a Louisiana fishing license because I was born before June 1, 1940. Do I need an ROLP?

I am an offshore charter captain who also fishes offshore species recreationally. Which license type do I choose when registering for an ROLP?

I am going on a charter trip as a client. Do I need an ROLP?

I am a charter captain. Do I need an ROLP?

I do not fish offshore very often. Should I get an ROLP just to be safe?

Can I register more than one person under one account or email?

How do I change the primary fisherman on my account?

How do I find my LDWF license number?

Do I enter the dashes with my LDWF license number when registering for an ROLP?

What should I do if my LDWF Lifetime License number is not 10 digits?

What should I do if the system tells me my LDWF license number or email is already in use when attempting to register for an ROLP?

Can I register for an ROLP with a temporary authorization number?

I forgot my password. How do I get a new one?

How do I change my email address?

How do I change my password?

How do I change my password if I don’t use the email on my account anymore?

How do I change my address or contact information?

What if I signed up for an account prior to January 2015 and my password has been erased?

When I log into my account the system tells me my license type for my permit is no longer valid. What should I do?

Do I need a copy of my ROLP when I go offshore fishing?

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Please be sure that you have the latest version of the ROLP app installed on your phone.