Dealer Reporting Requirements for Seafood Dealers

Need a dealer permit? Dealer permit form and instructions are available from our Southeast Regional Office.

Highly Migratory Species (HMS): Atlantic Tunas, Sharks, Swordfish
Contact:  or 301-427-8590

Permits and Report required for dealers purchasing:

Information for the HMS Electronic Dealer Reporting System

Information for the Information for Dealers Importing/Exporting HMS

Coastal Fisheries Quota Monitoring: Permits and semi-monthly reporting required for species included in the Gulf of Mexico reef fish, South Atlantic snapper/grouper (excluding wreckfish), and Atlantic dolphin/wahoo fisheries.

Data are used to monitor Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) of fisheries as mandated by Congressís amendment to the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (summarized here).

Contacts for reporting:  Michael Judge or Heather Balchowsky

State trip ticket software has been developed for most states along the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast by Bluefin Data LLC. Federal dealers located in states south of Virginia (North Carolina to Texas) should contact Claude Peterson (225-744-0807) to attain the required software and with any questions regarding set-up and maintenance.

Dealers located in the northeast who maintain a northeast issued Federal permit should contact the Northeast Regional Office for reporting instructions.

Other software that has been approved for trip ticket electronic data submission by each state may meet these requirements pending approval by the SEFSC Science Research Director.  Please contact your state trip ticket office (below) to inquire about any other acceptable methods.

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

South Atlantic Wreckfish - Any questions for Dealers and Vessels Reporting forms avaliable below contact: Dr. David Gloeckner