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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.

Upcoming:  Inshore Charter Captain Meetings

Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF), in conjunction with the Louisiana Charter Boat Association (LCBA), will host a series of educational meetings for inshore recreational for-hire captains September 12, 13, 14, and 18.

Discussion topics include the importance of the LaCreel Recreational Survey; current charter captain license requirements, including insurance; opportunities for reaching new customers; and a Q & A with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant staff.

Get full details on locations, dates and times here.

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

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