Fishing is one of the largest industries in the United States. A big source of income for those who own the US documented commercial vessel, the boats need to comply with the correspondent fishing permits and laws. Thinking smart may prove valuable, to have a clear idea of what the costs, investments, and expenses will be, but also the paperwork that will be needed for that. This article will explain what are the different types of permits you can obtain and where to get them!
Different Administrations for Different Permits
If you want to get involved in any business activity involving fish you will need a Commercial Fish Business license. This license is renewed yearly, so it will be extended from January 1st up to December 31st, even if you got it during the year. Other than this license, there are many different types of fishing permits you might not be aware of. If that is your case, we will provide you with a list of some of the different permits you can acquire.
Keep in mind that you will need to comply with the requirements of different departments. On one hand, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulates the federal permits: That means they administer the waters that go from 3 nautical miles from shore up to 200 nautical miles. The Department of Natural Resources of each state manages the rivers and lakes, and the coastline from zero nautical miles up to 3 nautical miles from shore. Finally, it is the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who oversees that the boats are properly habilitated to engage in commercial businesses.
Fishing Permits you Can Obtain
Here’s a list of the main fishing permits you can obtain from the NOAA, also available at our site, the Commercial Fishing Permits Center.
- Fish Processor’s License: This is a permit needed by any person who processes fish for profit and sells it to other than the ultimate consumer.
- Fish Importer’s License: Anyone who purchases or receives fish that will be taken out of or into the state by a person who is not a licensed commercial fisherman.
- Fisherman’s Retail License: If a portion of your catch is sold to ultimate consumers you are required to have this license.
- Fish Receiver’s License: Required by some who receive fish or buy it for commercial purposes from a fisherman not licensed as a fish receiver.
- Atlantic Tuna Longline Commercial Fishing Permit (Limited Access): Tuna is abundant around US waters. This is the permit that allows you to catch it.
- Tuna Treaty Permit: On some occasions, you may need to go to Canadian waters. This permit allows reciprocity between Canada and the US to go up to 12 miles from shore into the other country’s waters.
- Initial/ Renewal of the Certificate of Documentation: Whether you are getting this document for the first time or renewing it you have to do so if you are a vessel for commercial purposes and with a net weight of over 5 tons.
You can Get All The Documents You Need at the Commercial Fishing Permits Center.
It is not simple to deal with three different administrations to get all the permits you need. For that reason, we created this website that lets you find all of them in one place. If you are looking for USCG documentation, there is a button at the bottom left side of our website that will guide you to them.
If, on the other hand, you want to get State or Federal Permits, you can do so by selecting any of them at our main site. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to have our experienced staff overlooking the documentation you need to complete. Get your fishing permits with our help!