As a commercial fisherman, you know it’s important to obtain all of the relevant NOAA Federal Fisheries Permits necessary to run your business. Such permits make it legal for you to fish for the associated species in the associated locations. You may need more than one permit if you plan to fish in more than one region or for specifically permitted fish species. Because the application process can be overwhelming and time-consuming, we offer these tips to help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Research Before You Start
One of the most important things you can do before applying for a fishing permit is to understand the options and make sure you are filling out the correct application. This will save you time and energy but also keep you from wasting money on permit applications that don’t apply to your business needs. For the best results, make sure you meet all criteria before submitting an application.
Completion and Accuracy Count
Before submitting a fishing permit application, you need to ensure that it’s filled out in its entirety and that all of the information it contains is accurate and up to date. In addition to being sure it’s filled out correctly, it always pays to double-check the information and fix any errors you find. This saves time and ensures that you don’t have to pay more fees to correct the application after it’s already been submitted.
Know the Review Process
Another thing it’s important to be aware of is an understanding of how the review process works. Once submitted, the NOAA will review your application, based on criteria for the permit you’ve applied for. It can take a few months for the process to be completed, and you may have to provide additional information along the way. Prepare for this accordingly so that you aren’t caught out on the water with the permits you need to fish legally.
Update Your Records
Once you have your fishing permit in hand, it’s vital to keep it up to date at all times. That includes your catch data but also means renewing your permit as its expiration date approaches. You should also update your permit anytime your contact data or boat information changes. Failure to do so can result in fines and penalties, including loss of your fishing permit.
When You Need Help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with your commercial fishing permits, there is help out there. The NOAA’s permit office can provide much of the assistance you might need. The NOAA also offers several resources that can assist you in the entire fishing permit process. It’s never a bad thing to get some assistance if you are unsure that you are working through the application process correctly.
If you need more help with facilitating the process of filling out and submitting NOAA federal fisheries permits, let us assist you. Contact the Commercial Fishing Permits Center today and we can get you from start to finish in no time at all.