Some shark and swordfish limited access permit holders must attend the protected species safe handling, release, and identification workshop.
This workshop is designed to educate longline and gillnet fishermen on the proper techniques for safe handling and release of entangled or hooked protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, and smalltooth sawfish. In an effort to improve reporting, identification of protected species is also taught at these workshops.
Instructors: Angler Conservation Education (ACE) | email@example.com | (386) 682-0158
Are you a commercial vessel owner or operator?
Do you use longline or gillnet gear?
Do you hold one or more of the following permits?
Shark directed limited access permit
Shark incidental limited access permit
Swordfish directed limited access permit
Swordfish incidental limited access permit
If you answered "yes" to 1, 2, and 3, then you are required attend this workshop and obtain a workshop certificate before you can operate under any of these commercial shark or swordfish limited access permits. All workshop certificates must be renewed every three years, prior to renewing your permit. A copy of both a valid vessel owner and operator certificate must be possessed on board the vessel.
If you answered "no" but would still like to attend a workshop, please contact Angler Conservation Education at (386) 682-0158 to check for availability.
Submit a copy of the workshop certificate with your shark or swordfish permit renewal application each year.
Keep a copy of the workshop certificates on board your vessel as proof of certification.
Upcoming workshops are listed below. Workshops are scheduled quarterly in many locations in the Atlantic and Gulf states. For more information please see the Federal Register Notice.
March 7, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn
55 Town Center Boulevard
Palm Coast, FL 32164
March 13, 2018
Holiday Inn Express
9300 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77025
April 4, 2018
151 Route 72 East
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
April 11, 2018
5353 North Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
April 23, 2018
230 Lee Burbank Highway
Revere, MA 02151
May 7, 2018
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062
May 10, 2018
678 Citadel Haven Drive
Charleston, SC 29414
May 21, 2018
210 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL 33770
It is free to attend a workshop. Please contact Angler Conservation Education (ACE) by phone at (386) 682-0158 to reserve a space at a workshop. A reservation is not required, but is recommended.
To prepare for the workshop, please fill out the correct form below* and e-mail it to ACE, fax it to (386) 437-8115, or bring it to the workshop.
To ensure your workshop certificate is linked to the correct permit, please bring the following materials with you to the workshop:
Proof of identification.
A copy of the permit(s).
A copy of the vessel registration or documentation.
Proof that the participant is a co-owner of the business or vessel.
*There are three ways you can fill out a form:
If you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat (Standard or Professional), you can download the form, type in the fields, save the form, and e-mail it to ACE.
If you only have Acrobat Reader you can type in the fields and send the form using Reader, or you can print the form and fax it to ACE or bring it to the workshop.
If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Professional or Adobe Reader simply print out the form, write in the spaces, and either fax it to ACE or bring it to the workshop.
Sawfish Handling and Release Guidelines
Sturgeon Safe Handling & Release Guidelines
Sea Turtle Handling and Release Placard for Atlantic Shark Gillnet Gear (PDF, 2 pages).
Sea Turtle Handling and Release Placard for Hook and Line Fisheries
English (PDF, 2 pages).
Spanish (PDF, 2 pages).
Vietnamese (PDF, 2 pages).
Sea Turtle Handling and Resuscitation Requirements/Sea Turtles of the U.S. Atlantic Coast (PDF, 2 pages).
Longline Required Safe Handling and Release Equipment List (PDF, 1 page).
Table 1: NOAA Fisheries Approved Models for Equipment Needed for the Careful Release of Sea Turtles Caught in Hook and Line Fisheries (PDF, 2 pages).
NOAA Technical Memorandum 580: Careful Release Protocols for Sea Turtle Release with Minimal Injury
Marine Mammal Handling and Release Guidelines and Species Fact Sheet
Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan Compliance Guide
For More Information: Pelagic Longline and Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (PDF, 1 page).
Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan (PDF, 6 pages).
Guide to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan: Southeast Gillnet Fisheries
Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan: Exempted Areas, Weak Links, Anchoring, and Gear Marking
Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan and Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan Gillnet Summaries (PDF, 2 pages).
Compliance Guide for the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule
Report a Right Whale Sighting
Caution Boaters: Avoid Right Whales
Right Whale Fact Sheet