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Southeast Fisheries Permits

The Southeast Regional Office issues federal permits for recreational and commercial fishing in the South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

We are available to answer all your questions about federal fishing permits required in the South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. We encourage you to first review the frequently asked questions. If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us.  

The regulations governing permits in the Caribbean, Gulf, and South Atlantic fisheries are found in 50 CFR part 622. Please refer to this document for individual permit requirements.

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida handles commercial reporting requirements and provides several online services in support of this effort. Please make sure your logbooks are up to date prior to submitting your renewal application. You can view your logbook status at the links below or contact the logbook office at (305) 361-4581. 

The Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting program, based in the SERO office in St. Petersburg, Florida, handles for-hire reporting requirements and provides outreach, customer service, and electronic reporting platforms in support of this effort.  Please make sure you are in compliance the program requirements prior to submitting your renewal application.  If you have questions or concerns about complying with the requirements, please contact the program by phone at
1-833-707-1632 and press option 4, or email at

Certain permits have Vessel Monitoring System requirements that are handled by the Office of Law Enforcement in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Please contact the VMS office at 1-800-758-4833 with your VMS compliance questions including how to obtain a Power Down Letter of Exemption.

If you need assistance with Individual Fishing Quota catch shares or have questions regarding participation in the IFQ program, contact (866) 425-7627 or visit the Catch Share Program.

For information about the purpose, use, and disclosure of data collected through permit applications, please review our Privacy Act Statement.

If you have any questions, please visit our Contact Us page.

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on August 30, 2021