Vessel and Dealer Permitting in the Greater Atlantic Region
All commercial and for-hire vessels fishing for federally managed species 3 to 200 nautical miles offshore must obtain required permits prior to fishing.
How to Apply
The only way to apply for new vessel and dealer permits is by using the electronic forms found in our Fish Online web portal. 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. Once you log in to Fish Online, look for "Application Forms" in the left margin.
If you do not have a Fish Online account, visit our How to Create a Fish Online Account web page for information.
These application forms are available at Fish Online:
- Initial Vessel Permit
- Vessel Operator Permit
- Letter of Authorization
- Gillnet tag and annual certification forms
- Initial Dealer Permit
For assistance, please contact our Permit Office by emailing us at NMFS.GAR.Permits@noaa.gov or by calling (978) 282-8438.
All permits are free and will be issued within 30 days of receipt of your complete application.
You can also apply for these research permits online:
- Letter of Acknowledgement (LOA)
- Temporary Possession Letter of Authorization
- Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP)
- Exempted Educational Activity Authorization (EEAA)
- Scallop Research Set-Aside Letter of Authorization (RSA LOA)
- Scientific Research Permit (SRP)
If you have questions about a research permit, contact Ryan Silva, Sustainable Fisheries Division, at (978) 281-9326 or Ryan.Silva@noaa.gov.
Vessel Permit Search
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Fishing Permits by Species
If you have questions, contact us at (978) 282-8438 or NMFS.GAR.Permits@noaa.gov.