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. These requirements go into effect November 15, 2022 for Freshwater Charter Guides. 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)
Saltwater 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 (SEFHIER)
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 SEFHIER Program. Phase 2 requirements will be implemented March 1, 2022.