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Welcome To The Greater Atlantic Region Permit Office

The Greater Atlantic Region Permit Office, which is located within the Analysis And Program Support Division, is responsible for issuing fishing vessel, dealer, and commercial operator permits and fishing authorizations for fisheries along the Atlantic Coast. Greater Atlantic Region fishing vessel, dealer, and commercial operator permits are required under the various Northeast Federal Fishery Regulations administered by the Region and enable the public to engage in legitimate activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. For information on fisheries regulations and the species under management by the Greater Atlantic Region, please click here.

NER permit applications, instructions, and information for obtaining federal permits can be obtained in the following ways:

Initial Permit Application

Applicants must fill out an initial application if they are seeking a Northeast Federal permit for the first time or if the ownership has changed for a vessel that possesses a Northeast Federal permit.

Reasons That Delay Processing Of Vessel Permits

To allow permit processing to take place in a timely and accurate manner, please carefully read this before applying.

Renewal Permit Application

Applicants must fill out a preprinted renewal application if they currently possess a Northeast Federal permit. To request a preprinted renewal application contact the Permit Office at 978-281-9370, ext. 6438.

Contact Information

National Marine Fisheries Service, Permits Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, Phone: 978-281-9370