Category 1: Commercial
Vessel that fishes for, catches, possesses, transports, lands, sells, or trades bluefish.
In 2017, we issued 2,266 Category 1 permits.
Category 2: Recreational
Vessel that carries passengers for hire.
In 2017, we issued 819 Category 2 permits.
Control Date: May 29, 1997
Commercial Operator Permit: Operator cards are required for any operator of a charter/party boat or a commercial vessel (including carrier and processor vessels) issued a vessel permit from the Greater Atlantic Region and fishing for or in possession of fish.
Commercial Dealer/Processor Permit: Bluefish may be sold only to persons possessing a valid federal bluefish dealer permit.
How to Obtain a Federal Fishing Permit: Anyone with a valid vessel operator’s permit can obtain a federal bluefish permit.
Species Covered By This Permit
- Atlantic Bluefish
How to Apply
All permits are free of charge. Go to Fish Online to apply online.
For assistance or to request that an application be mailed to you, contact our Permit Office at 978-282-8438.
What Happens After You Submit
Once we receive your complete application, you will receive your permit within 30 days.