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Dealer Permits

Seafood dealers who purchase Federally managed species from vessels require a permit to purchase the following species: Atlantic mackerel, squid, butterfish, Atlantic sea scallop, Northeast multispecies, monkfish (goosefish), summer flounder (fluke), scup, black sea bass, Atlantic bluefish, Atlantic herring, spiny dogfish, Atlantic deep-sea red crab, Atlantic bluefin tuna, other Atlantic tunas (yellowfin, bigeye, skipjack, albacore); NE skate, American lobster, Atlantic hagfish, surfclam and ocean quahog processors or dealers; Atlantic herring processors or dealers; and/or Atlantic mackerel at-sea processors [50 CFR 648.6 and 50 CFR 697.6].

How to Apply

  1. Request a Dealer Permit Application be Mailed to you.
    You may request that a dealer permit application be mailed to you from the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region Permit Office by calling (978) 281-9370 ext. 6442. Once you receive the package, complete the application and include all supplemental documents required. Mail it to the address provided on the application. If the package is complete and correct, NOAA Fisheries will then mail your permit to you within 30 days of receiving your complete application. Note: Renewal dealer permit applications are pre-populated with individual dealer information and mailed out prior to the expiration of the current dealer permit.

    Additional Regulations for Dealers of Atlantic Tunas.

  2. Download an Initial Dealer Permit
    You may also Download this Initial Dealer Permit Application from the NMFS Permit Office Web Page. The download package is an Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) file. Note: Instructions and application are included on the form. This form can be filled out online, but must still be printed and mailed as directed in the instructions.

    Once you print the package, complete the application and include all supplemental documents required. Mail it to the address provided on the application. If the package is complete and correct, NOAA Fisheries will then mail your permit to you within 30 days of receiving your complete application.

Note: Information on Dealer Electronic Reporting requirements can be obtained by reading our DER Requirements Factsheet, visiting the Northeast Dealer Reporting Webpage or by contacting your Local Field Office.

Privacy Act Statement

Authority:  The collection of this information is authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C 1801 et seq., the High Seas Fishing Compliance Act, the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFCIA; 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq), the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Fur Seal Act.  The authority for the mandatory collection of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 31 U.S.C. 7701.

Purpose: In order to manage U.S. fisheries, the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requires the use of permits or registrations by participants in the United States. Information on NOAA Fisheries permit applicants and renewing holders includes vessel owner contact information, date of birth, TIN and vessel descriptive information.  Permit holder information may be used as sampling frames for surveys, as part of Fishery Management Council (FMC) analysis to support FMC decisions.

Routine Uses:  The Department will use this information to determine permit eligibility and to identify fishery participants. Disclosure of this information is permitted under the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. Section 552a), to be shared within NMFS offices, in order to coordinate monitoring and management of sustainability of fisheries and protected resources, as well as with the applicable State or Regional Marine Fisheries Commissions and International Organizations. Disclosure of this information is also subject to all of the published routine uses as identified in the Privacy Act System of Records Notice COMMERCE/NOAA-19, Permits and Registrations for the United States Federally Regulated Fisheries.

Disclosure:  Furnishing this information is voluntary; however, failure to provide complete and accurate information will prevent the determination of eligibility for a permit.