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Louisiana Charter-For-Hire Fishery

For-hire operators/charter vessels derive income from taking recreational fishermen to saltwater areas to take and retain legal species of fish.

Licenses and Permits

Basic Requirements:

 

Special Requirements:

USCG dockside exam

Other Requirements

Insurance:

Licensed charter boat fishing guides and mothership vessels must have proof of liability insurance in their possession while on the water and make it available for inspection by duly authorized agents LDWF. Insurance must be:

  • In their name (charter boat fishing guides only)
  • Currently in force
  • Written by a company with at least an A- rating in the latest printing of A.M. Best’s Key Rating Guide
  • Of a commercial nature
  • Not associated with a primary residence
  • At least $300,000 in coverage per occurrence.

 

U.S. Coast Guard Safety Requirements (e.g. drug testing, communications, lifesaving equipment, navigation lights and sound signals, garbage, oil pollution, fire fighting equipment):

 

Sea Turtle Handling/Release Requirements

Industry News

LDWF Soliciting Red Snapper Public Comments

April 7, 2017

As the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries continue to work towards a resolution regarding the management of red snapper, the LWFC invited representatives from the Louisiana commercial, charter and private sectors to their monthly meeting to provide input.

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