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


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

Commerce Dept Announces 2017 GOM Fishery Mgmt Council Appointments

June 30, 2017

The Secretary of Commerce recently announced the appointment of three members to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  The Council looks forward to welcoming the following appointees on August 11, 2017. Mr. Phillip Dyskow of Florida will join the Council for his first term.  He served as the former…

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LDWF: Management Pilot Program for Red Snapper

May 27, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday (May 25) that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) plans to conduct an innovative pilot program designed to help recreational anglers battling short seasons for red snapper in federal waters.

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