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Louisiana For-Hire/Charter Fishing Industry

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:

fishing at sea
tarpon swimming
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 Charter Boat Captain 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

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Gulf Council August Update

August 27, 2018

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Corpus Christi, Texas, August 20-23, 2018. The Council elected Dr. Tom Frazier as its Chair and Dale Diaz as its Vice Chair. The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions: Coral This week, the Council took final action on…

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Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Landings Estimates through August 12

August 25, 2018

The latest preliminary landings statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ near real-time landings data collection program, are 737,299 pounds, or 98 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds, through August 12.

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