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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 Suggests Modifications to Red Grouper ACL and ACT

April 5, 2019

At its meeting this week in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action to modify the red grouper annual catch limits and annual catch targets. The Council chose to set the red grouper annual catch limits and annual catch targets based on landings from the…

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LWF Commission Sets 2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season

April 3, 2019

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the 2019 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 24 in both state and federal waters.  The season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including the Monday of Memorial Day and the Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily…

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