Permits and Reporting Requirements for Seafood Dealers




map of dealer locations that have southeast federal permits
Dealers with Southeast federal permits



Need a Dealer Permit?

Visit the Southeast Regional (SERO) Permit Division or Greater Atlantic Region (GARFO) Permit Office for Permits:





Questions on Reporting for Particular Dealer Permits?


Landings data from dealers' reports submitted electronically are used to monitor Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) of fisheries, as mandated by Congress's amendment to the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. Currently the SEFSC monitors ACLs of over 65 species.

*  = As of August 7, 2014
† = Please note that all IFQ landings must also be reported electronically for the GSAD permit  





Coastal Seafood Fisheries Dealers (including Golden Crab): 

Through July 2014:  Dealers with permits for Gulf of Mexico reef fish, South Atlantic snapper/grouper (excluding wreckfish), and Atlantic dolphin/wahoo must report semi-monthly.
  
Starting August 2014:  Dealers in these fisheries, as well as several other fisheries (see SERO’s FAQ sheet for details), will be required to carry a “Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer” (GSAD) permit. 

NOTE: As of August 7, 2014, dealers in these fisheries, as well as several other fisheries, will be required to carry a “Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer” (GSAD) permit. Reporting requirements will be different, as well as additional trip information. A FAQ sheet from SERO is available; and a letter is available through the SEFSC for dealers and vessels addressing some specifics of the amendment changes.  After August 7, 2014, dealers maintaining active permits GOM reef fish, SA snapper/grouper, and Atlantic dolphin/wahoo will automatically have this GSAD permit and the new reporting requirements of weekly electronic reporting (for most fisheries; daily for Gill net King Mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico, West Coast Florida Southern Sub-Zone during open season).

Landings data from dealers' reports submitted electronically using approved methods are used to monitor Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) of fisheries as mandated by Congress's amendment to the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. Currently the SEFSC monitors ACLs of over 65 species.


Approved Electronic Methods for Dealer Reporting

Regulations have been transitioning away from paper reporting requirements of landings to both state and federal agencies and are moving towards electronic submissions being received by both agencies in all southeast states.  Federal dealer purchases must be reported with electronic trip tickets using an approved reporting method.  Currently software which has been approved for trip ticket data submission by state partners includes:


State Trip Ticket Office Contacts

If more information is needed concerning state trip ticket requirements, please contact your state trip ticket office:

AL Marine Resources Division

Chris Denson

(251) 968-7577

FL Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Steve Brown

(727) 896-8626

GA Department of Natural Resources

Julie Califf

(912) 264-7218

LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Vince Cefalu

(225) 765-2376

MS Department of Marine Resources

Matt Hill

(228) 523-4071

NC Division of Marine Fisheries

Alan Bianchi / Grace Kemp

(252) 726-7021 

SC Department of Natural Resources

Amy Dukes

(843) 953-9365

TX Parks and Wildlife Department

Cindy Bohannon

(281) 534-0117,or

  TX Parks and Wildlife Department

  Justin Esslinger

  (361) 729-2328

ACCSP

http://www.accsp.org/

Bluefin Data LLC

http://bluefindata.com/

Claude Petersen (225) 744-0807


Useful Links for Coastal Fisheries Dealers:




“Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer” (GSAD) permit - Additional Info

NOTE: As of August 7, 2014, dealers in the fisheries covered by the Fishery Management Plans below will be required to carry a “Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer” (GSAD) permit. 

Which fisheries does the GSAD permit cover?   

This permit covers reporting requirements for species covered under the following eight (8) Fishery Management Plans in the three regions (Note: If a plan name does not contain a link, it is available under another region in the list):


Do you Need a GSAD permit? 

The SERO Permits Office has created a Flow Chart to help answer this question.  Dealers maintaining active permits for GOM reef fish, SA snapper/grouper, and Atlantic dolphin/wahoo, which do not expire until after August 7, 2014, will automatically have the GSAD permit.  The new reporting requirements of weekly electronic reporting (for most fisheries; daily for Gill net King Mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico, West Coast Florida Southern Sub-Zone during open season) will be required upon this date.  Additional information will be required on dealer trip tickets which may need to come from the vessel (e.g., Sail/Start Date of trip; the vessel’s trip/logbook number (VTR); gear used, area caught) and reported through the state trip ticket system.

A FAQ sheet from SERO is available on their Dealer Reporting Amendment page. This covers general information of the permit, reporting frequency and submission deadlines, penalities for non-reporting and other links.

Letters from the Science Center are available for Federal Dealers and Federally Permitted Vessels which address some specifics of the amendment changes. 


Highly Migratory Species (HMS): Atlantic Tunas, Sharks, Swordfish

Permits and Reporting are required for dealers purchasing the following Highly Migratory Species:

Dealers are no longer required to report to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, but instead report electronically.  Data are summarized by the HMS Division, Silver Spring, MD.  Information for the HMS Electronic Dealer Reporting System is available and all questions should be directed to the HMS Division Office at 301-427-8503 or email: HMS.DealerReports@noaa.gov.  To determine if you need a permit or have reporting requirements, the most recent HMS Compliance Guide contains relevant information.


South Atlantic Wreckfish:

Dealers and Vessels 2014 Reporting forms are available:  
Any questions regarding South Atlantic Wreckfish should be directed to Dr. David Gloeckner.