Category 1: Commercial (Moratorium)
Vessel that fishes for, catches, possesses, transports, lands, sells, or trades summer flounder. In 2017, 728 Category 1 summer flounder permits were issued.
The number of permits in the confirmation of permit history is 219. A Confirmation of Permit History allows a vessel owner to retain permit eligibility in the event the vessel has been destroyed or sold but the owner retains the permit eligibility. The permit in Confirmation of Permit History may then be placed on a vessel at a later date.
Category 2: Recreational Charter/Party
Vessel that carries passengers for hire. In 2017, 801 Category 2 summer flounder permits were issued.
Control Date: January 26, 1990; Vessels with qualified landings between January 26, 1985, and January 26, 1990
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: Summer flounder may be sold only to persons possessing a valid federal summer flounder dealer permit.
How to obtain a federal fishing permit: Anyone with a valid vessel operator’s permit can obtain a federal recreational charter/party summer flounder permit.
Commercial (moratorium) permits have been managed under a limited entry system since 1993; no new moratorium permits are being issued.
Species Covered By This Permit
- Summer Flounder
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.