The 2024 dealer permit renewal applications are now available online through Fish Online. Dealer permits for 2023 expire on December 31, 2023.
Filling out and submitting the dealer permit renewal via Fish Online is fast and efficient. You can apply for all your permits at once, and once your renewal package is approved, you can print your permits at home. Fish Online is the only way to renew your dealer permits.
How do I get my permit online?
Seafood dealers will need to apply for and print their permits from their secure Fish Online user account. We no longer accept paper applications or mail issued permits. However, a valid paper dealer permit is required to be present and maintained at the dealer’s premises at all times.
To apply for or renew a fishing permit, you must have a Fish Online account and apply online. If you already have a user account, you do not need to create another one. Visit How to Create an Account in Fish Online for information on how to get started.
Tuna dealer permits
If you are applying for an Atlantic Bluefin Tuna and Other Atlantic Tunas (i.e. Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin and Skipjack, (or BAYS) permit, a copy of each valid state wholesaler’s license must be submitted to receive these permits.
State-level wholesale licenses are a key component to ensure that fish dealers adhere to the Food and Drug Administration’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program mandates regarding tuna handling and histamine poisoning prevention. Therefore, as the first point of purchase for tuna, you must provide a copy of your state wholesaler’s license for each state where you will be purchasing tuna from a vessel. For further information, please contact the state agency issuing wholesaler’s licenses.
The requirement to have a state wholesaler’s license is consistent with the regulations located at 50 CFR 635.4(h)(3)(ii). Please call the Highly Migratory Species Division at 978-281-9260 if you have any questions about this requirement.
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To check your reporting compliance status, call 978-281-9246.
For assistance with your permits, call our Permits Office at 978-282-8438 or email NMFS.GAR.Permits@noaa.gov.
Your local Port Agent can also assist with these topics.
For additional Fish Online questions, call our Help Desk at 978-281-9188.