Permits are used by fishery managers as a means to collect data essential to effective management. Information collected through the federal permit system is used to help identify the number of participants in a particular fishery, monitor harvest, and provide valuable social and economic information.

While the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for the development of fishery management plans and amendments to ensure sustainable fisheries, implementation of the regulations, including federal requirements for permits for some fisheries, is handled by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Council does not issue permits.

National Marine Fisheries Service Permit Offices

Information on permits required for commercial fishermen, dealers, and charter/headboat operators in the South Atlantic Region, including downloadable applications, can be found at: NMFS Southeast Regional Office - Permits   Call 727-824-5326 or Toll free 1-877-376-4877.

Fishing vessel permits for Atlantic tunas or charter/headboat permits for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks) are available through the NMFS Permit Shop or call toll free 1-888/872-TUNA (8862). This includes recreational tuna permits, recreational tuna reporting, and tournament registration for HMS.