Southeast Fisheries Permits

The Southeast Regional Office issues federal permits for recreational and commercial fishing in the South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

We are available to answer all your questions about federal fishing permits required in the South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. We encourage you to first review the frequently asked questions. If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us.  

The regulations governing permits in the Caribbean, Gulf, and South Atlantic fisheries are found in 50 CFR part 622. Please refer to this document for individual permit requirements.

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida handles reporting requirements and provides several online services in support of this effort. Please make sure your logbooks are up to date prior to submitting your renewal application. You can view your logbook status at the links below or contact the logbook office at (305) 361-4581. 

Certain permits have Vessel Monitoring System requirements that are handled by the Office of Law Enforcement in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Please contact the VMS office at 1-800-758-4833 with your VMS compliance questions including how to obtain a Power Down Letter of Exemption.

If you need assistance with Individual Fishing Quota catch shares or have questions regarding participation in the IFQ program, contact (866) 425-7627 or visit the Catch Share Program.

For information about the purpose, use, and disclosure of data collected through permit applications, please review our Privacy Act Statement.

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on July 03, 2020