The life of a commercial fisherman can be rewarding if demanding. There are long hours spent at sea in-climate weather. There is dangerous equipment to operate and maintain. Your catch is also not always guaranteed, as you cannot force the fish to bite. Still, commercial fishing is a big business, and if your NMFS permits are in order, there are lucrative opportunities at sea.
NMFS and NOAA fisheries permits are mandatory in most cases, for commercial fishing operations. Aside from ensuring that your boat, gear, and crew are in good order before leaving the dock, you will also want to double-check your permits and licenses so that you can legally access your desired fisheries. Read on to learn more about fishing permits and how you can acquire them.
Read more about the NMFS permits commercial Fishing Permits Center.