Southeast Fisheries Permits Office

The SERO Permits Office is available to answer all your questions about federal fishing permits required in the South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

The SERO Permits Office is available to answer all your questions about federal fishing permits required in the South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. 

To see the answer to your questions and more, check out our SERO Permits Office List of Frequently Asked Questions.  

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 NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, FL handles reporting requirements.  To find out the status of your vessel reporting requirements, click here. To check the electronic reporting status for dealers with GSAD permits, click here.  Please make sure your logbooks are up to date prior to submitting your renewal application.  You can view your logbook status online or contact the logbook office at (305) 361-4581.

Certain permits have VMS requirements that are handled by the NMFS Office of Law Enforcement in St. Petersburg, FL.  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 IFQ catch shares or have questions regarding participation in the individual fishing quotas program, contact (866) 425-7627 or click Catch Share Program.

Click here for Privacy Act information related to SERO Permits and Permit Applications

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on July 09, 2019