For-Hire/Charter Fishing

Louisiana For-Hire/Charter Fishing Industry

Louisiana Fisheries Forward has put together a wide variety of resources to help recreational for-hire, or charter, fishermen understand basic captain requirements; license and permits (state and federal); insurance; seasons, size and possession limits; and best handling methods.  The video at right is a full overview of what is required of a recreational for-hire fisherman.

We encourage all our charter captains to get involved in the management of our fishery. Stay up to date on regulations/amendments under development with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, or attend their quarterly meetings.  The Louisiana Charter Boat Association is a great industry group that promotes its members and keeps them current on new and upcoming regulations. Sign up for news and alerts from LDWF, LA Sea Grant and other agencies; and attend LFF workshops and dock days for the best information on quality handling, safety, new equipment, and more. Your input is needed for us all to be successful.

As we continue to add information to this web site, visit the resource links below for more on regulations, product handling, gear and equipment, and responsible fishing practices.
four men fishing from inshore charter boat
saltwater fish caught on charter trip hanging on sign

Data from NOAA reveals that in 2015, the RFH fleet in Louisiana accounted for 162,000 trips valued at more than $86 million. Those fishing activities generated $50.6 million in trip-related expenditures and an additional $49.7 million in value added impact. These data are consistent with an independent survey conducted by LDWF in cooperation with LSU just five years earlier, that estimated approximately $42.6 million in economic impact came from Louisiana RFH operations in 2010 for all vessel classes

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Reminder: GOM Gray Triggerfish Recreational Season Reopens August 1

July 30, 2021

NOAA Fisheries reminds anglers that the Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish recreational season reopens August 1, 2021. The gray triggerfish fishing year is from January 1 – December 31 with two recreational seasonal closures of January 1 – end of February and June 1 – July 31. NOAA Fisheries will monitor recreational…

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Gray triggerfish swimming along sea bottom

June 2021 Council Meeting Summary

July 1, 2021

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) met in Key West, Florida from June 21-25, 2021. Red Grouper The Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 53: Red Grouper Allocations and Annual Catch Levels and Targets. The most recent red grouper stock assessment (SEDAR 61) included information through 2017…

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Gray Triggerfish Catch Limits Increase in the Gulf of Mexico

June 30, 2021

NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). This rule increases the gray triggerfish catch limits for the commercial and recreational sectors. When Rule Will Take Effect: Regulations will be effective July 29, 2021. What This Means: The gray triggerfish total catch limit…

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