Beginning January 1, 2022, the Greater Atlantic Region Permit Office will no longer send or accept paper applications for vessel renewals and operator permits. To apply for or renew a fishing permit, you must have a Fish Online account and apply online.
This means that we will not be mailing out 2022 paper renewal applications. Vessel owners will need to apply for, and once issued, print their permits from their Fish Online user account. This includes all vessels, even lobster only vessels.
How do you create an account?
In order to access Fish Online, you will need a user account. If you already have a user account, you do not need to create another one. Visit our How to Create an Account in Fish Online and Link to a Vessel webpage for information.
After you create and log into your user account, you need to link all applicable federal vessel and operator permits to your account.
Frequently Asked Questions about Online Permitting
Are exceptions being made for fishermen or owners that do not have a computer, phone, or tablet?
No. However, we are providing remote or in-person assistance and training to any fisherman that needs help. Also, a relative or friend who has an email address and a computer may act as an authorized representative of the vessel and owner. In these situations, a friend or relative can create a Fish Online account and link a fisherman’s vessel to their account. That friend or relative can then submit an application on behalf of an owner. For more information, please call us at (978) 281-9188to inquire about this option.
Is there a limit of Fish Online accounts that one vessel can be linked to?
No, you may have multiple accounts that link to a vessel.
How many vessels can one user have linked or accredited to their Fish Online account?
There is no limit.
If you have any questions about accessing your Fish Online account or creating an account, please contact the GARFO Port Agent in your territory or our Fish Online Service Desk at (978) 281-9188. For verification purposes, please call from the phone number listed on your vessel permit.