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For-Hire/Charter Fishing

Operators of for-hire/charter vessels derive income from taking recreational fishermen to saltwater areas to take and retain legal species of fish.

SEFHIER validation surveys starts September 1, 2021.

Find a Licensed Charter Captain

Search the table linked below to make sure your charter captain has an active Charter Boat Fishing Guide License in Louisiana. If you would like more information on available charter captains, please visit the Louisiana Charter Boat Association’s website.


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. 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.

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP)

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.

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Historical Captain Permit Conversion

Historical Captain Permits that were valid or renewable on October 25, 2018, will be eligible for replacement with standard for-hire permits. Individuals have two years (June 21, 2020–June 21, 2022) to replace eligible permits and associate the newly issued permits with a vessel.

To apply for a conversion, contact NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Permit Office  at 877.376.4877 or 727.824.5326.

Federal Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program

As of January 5, 2021, all charter, headboat, and dually-permitted vessels with federal Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish or Coastal Migratory Pelagic permits must comply with Phase 1 requirements of the federal Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program (SEFHIER). Phase 2 requirements will be implemented at a later date (to be announced).

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— Did You Know? —

LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant offer a variety of education and training resources for the for-hire/charter industry through Louisiana Fisheries Forward.

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