There are plenty of factors to consider when you apply for a federal fisheries permit. Keeping them all in mind can help make the process go smoothly and efficiently, from start to finish. That includes what species you plan to fish for and what region you will run your fishing operation in. Understanding the options available to you will help you select the appropriate fishing permits for your needs. Use this guide to assist you along the way.
Location of Your Fishing Operation
Ideally, you will run your commercial fishing business near where you live, which saves time and money on travel and transportation. However, you may need to have more than one permit, particularly if you cross regional borders and/or you plan to fish for more than one species that requires a special permit. Some permits are issued at a state level and others at a federal level, so make sure you know and understand which ones you must have before you hit the water.
Duration of the Federal Fisheries Permit
Another consideration is how long you plan to fish. You can obtain a license for just one day, but if you are trying to run a fishing business, you will need a permit that covers you on a yearly basis, and which must be renewed consistently. In general, you can expect shorter duration fishing permits to cost less than those that last longer. In some instances, fishing in certain locations and fishing for certain species is only allowed during certain parts of the year, so keep this in mind as you select the appropriate fishing permit for your needs.
Number of Rods Allowed
Whether you’re fishing for recreational purposes or you are fishing on a much larger scale, you must be aware of how many rods each fisher is allowed to have. This varies from state to state and can also be influenced by the size of your boat. Falling out of compliance with this important rule might result in fines and penalties, so it’s worth making sure you understand the regulations and get a permit that matches your intentions on the water. You will need to adhere to the rod restrictions for each person on the boat, which may mean fewer per fisher to stay in compliance.
Size and Type of Vessel
The size of the fish and the type of vessel you have also play a role in the permit you need to obtain. For example, a permit for fishing in lakes, ponds or rivers is likely to be different than the one you will need to fish in the ocean. You might also need a separate permit if you plan to rent a boat, rather than use your own. You may need more than one permit if you are moving from region to region or fishing for a variety of species.
Do you need guidance figuring out which federal fisheries permit is the right one for your fishing needs? The Commercial Fishing Permits Center is here to help. Contact us today with all your questions and permit needs.