If you operate or want to operate a commercial fishing business, you are no doubt familiar with the importance of a NOAA federal fisheries permit application. This permit allows you to participate in the fishing industry so that you can fish in the permitted regions and for the permitted species. In some cases, you may need to apply for more than one fishing permit. If the process is overwhelming and you don’t know how to get started, use these tips to get you through each of the steps.
Research the NOAA Federal Fisheries Permit Application
Knowing what you’re up against is a great first step in the application process and will make things easier than just jumping straight in.
Research the kinds of permits that are available so that you are using the correct application. Not only will this save you time and money, but it also reduces the risk of fines and penalties for being caught out on the water with the wrong permit. It’s also a good idea to research the criteria for the permits you are applying for, so that you can be sure you meet each of them. If not, take steps to ensure that you do before you go through the application process.
Be Accurate and Thorough
Turning in a fishing permits application that is incomplete or has errors will mean more time and fees to get it right. Instead of the hassle, be thorough and ensure that it’s done right the first time. Make sure you provide accurate specifications about the boat, as well as including all relevant documentation when you apply. This makes the entire process easier for you and for the authorities at the NOAA who are responsible for approving your application. That means checking and double checking everything before you submit your application for review.
The Review Process
Once you have submitted your fisheries permit application, the NOAA will review it. This process can take several months and knowing that ahead of time can save you a lot of frustration and worry. Keep in mind that you may also be asked to provide additional documentation or information during the review process. Doing so promptly will expedite approval and help prevent having to pay extra fees along the way.
Up to Date Records
Once your fisheries permit has been approved, it’s imperative that you keep your records current and up to date. That means renewing according to the renewal schedule, and applying for renewal well ahead of the expiration date so your ability to fish isn’t interrupted. Failing to keep your records up to date can result in fines or the loss of your permit, so it’s best to stay on top of it.
We know that boating documentation can be daunting and time consuming. If you need assistance navigating the NOAA federal fisheries permit application process, you are in the right place. We can facilitate the paperwork and answer your questions as you go. Contact the Commercial Fisheries Permit Center today to get started.