If you are permitting your vessel for the first time for Northeast multispecies, Atlantic sea scallop, surfclam, ocean quahog, Maine Mahogany quahog, American lobster, summer flounder (fluke), scup (porgy), Atlantic mackerel, squid (Illex & Loligo), butterfish, black sea bass, Atlantic bluefish, spiny dogfish, monkfish (Goosefish), red crab, tilefish, Northeast skate, or Atlantic herring and your vessel is qualified, for these species you must fill out an Initial Vessel Permit Application. Even if a previous owner of the vessel was issued permits for these species, you must still obtain an Initial Vessel Permit Application for the vessel if this is the first time you, as a new owner, are permitting that vessel [50 CFR § 648.4 and 50 CFR § 697.4].
If you have ever been issued a particular permit for the vessel, even if that permit has lapsed, you must obtain a preprinted renewal permit application from the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region Permit Office to renew it. Once you have a permit of a particular type for the vessel, you may renew it as long as you still own the vessel and meet the particular permitting requirements. Renewal applications are pre-populated with specific vessel information and mailed out prior to the expiration of the current vessel permit.
Limited Access Permits
All limited access permits for which your vessel is qualified must be renewed each fishing year. If you do not renew the vessel’s limited access permit(s) in any fishing year, your vessel will no longer be eligible for the permit(s) in subsequent years.
Note that certain states may have additional permit requirements, including special permits to sell fish. Please contact the appropriate state fisheries agencies for more information.
How to Apply
Request an Initial Vessel Application Package be mailed to you.
You may request that an initial vessel application package be mailed to you from the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region Permit Office by calling (978) 281-9370 ext. 6438 or by writing to the address listed above. Once you receive the package, complete the application and include all supplemental documents required. Mail it to the address provided on the application. If the package is complete and correct, NOAA Fisheries will then mail your permit to you within 30 days of receiving your complete application.
Download an Initial Vessel Permit.
You may also download an Initial Vessel Permit Application from this NMFS Permit Office Web Page. The download package is an Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) file. Note: Instructions and application are included on the form. This form can be filled out online, but must still be printed and mailed as directed in the instructions.
Once you print the package, complete the application and include all supplemental documents required. Mail it to the address provided on the application. If the package is complete and correct, NOAA Fisheries will then mail your permit to you within 30 days of receiving your complete application.
Atlantic Sea Scallop Ownership Form
Each time you apply for a Federal limited access Atlantic sea scallop permit or the ownership interest in your limited access Atlantic sea scallop vessel changes, you must include this form with your application. Scallop permit categories B and C do not require this form.
American Lobster Limited Access Permit
Federal lobster permit holders who intend to fish for lobster with trap gear are required to designate lobster management areas and tag all lobster traps, Read this for "Lobster Trap Tag Program" before applying.
Limited Access Gillnet Vessels
Limited access multispecies or monkfish permitted vessels using gillnet gear.
For further information please call 978-281-9370 ext. 6438.
May 21, 2013