Sustainable Fisheries Division

Hawaii Longline Limited Entry Permit

A valid Hawaii longline limited entry permit is required for anyone using longline gear to fish for pelagic species within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Hawaii or anyone landing or transshipping longline catch in Hawaii or within the EEZ around Hawaii.

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Additional Requirements:

  • Carry a valid High Seas Fishing Compliance Act permit on board the vessel
    if fishing in international waters.

  • Carry a valid Marine Mammal Authorization Program certificate on board the vessel.

  • Carry a valid Protected Species Workshop certificate on board the vessel.

  • Carry a valid Hawaii longline permit on board the vessel.

  • Carry an operational vessel monitoring system (VMS) unit supplied and installed by the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement.

  • Notify the NOAA Fisheries Observer Program 72 hours before departure on a trip and declare whether trip type is deep-set (targeting tunas) or shallow-set (targeting swordfish), and carry a NOAA Fisheries observer if directed to do so by NOAA Fisheries.

  • Maintain and submit the Western Pacific longline logbook to NOAA Fisheries within 72 hours of returning to port.

A Hawaii longline permit may also be used to fish with longline gear and land longline catch in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas. It may be used to fish outside the EEZ around American Samoa or land fish in American Samoa caught outside the EEZ around American Samoa, but may not be used to fish within the EEZ around American Samoa.

The Hawaii longline fishery is a limited entry fishery with a maximum of 164 permits. Because it is a limited entry fishery, no new permits can be issued, but permits are renewable and freely transferable. Permits expire on March 3 and must be renewed annually. The Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) renews and transfers permits.

Regulations governing this fishery can be found at Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 665, Subpart F.

For more information see the Hawaii Longline Regulation Summary.

High Seas Fishing Compliance Act Permit:

This permit is required for any U.S. fishing vessel fishing outside the EEZ in international waters. Regulations for this permit requirement can be found at Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 300.

Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP) Certificate:

The Pacific Islands Regional Office automatically issues the MMAP Certificate to each vessel registered to a Hawaii longline permit because the deep-set fishery is classified as a Category I fishery and the shallow-set fishery is a Category II fishery under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. A valid MMAP Certificate must be on-board the vessel when fishing. Permit holders do not have to apply for the MMAP Certificate, but replacement certificates may be downloaded here.

Protected Species Workshop Certificate:

Every year longline vessel owners and operators must attend and be certified for completion of a workshop conducted by NOAA Fisheries on interaction mitigation techniques for sea turtles, seabirds, and other protected species. Visit the Protected Species Workshop page for more information.

Contact Information:

Fishing Permits, Certificates, MMAP Report Forms, Compliance Guides and Other Information
National Marine Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-5190
Fax: (808) 725-5215
Email: piro-permits@noaa.gov
Web: www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_permits_index.html

Protected Species Workshop
NOAA Fisheries Pier 38 Service Center
1139 N. Nimitz Hwy, Suite 220
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 944-2300
Email: piropsw@noaa.gov
Web: www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_psw_index.html

Vessel Departure Notification or Observer Placement
NOAA Fisheries Observer Program Contractor:
Techsea, Inc. (attn: Josee Vincent)
47-559 Nenehiwa Pl.
Kaneohe, HI 96744-5439
Vessel call-ins: (808) 235-5575
Office cell: (808) 321-9183
Fax: (808) 593-9212
Email: joseevincent@mac.com

Obtain or Submit Logbooks
National Marine Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-5326
Email: kurt.kawamoto@noaa.gov
Web: www.pifsc.noaa.gov/fmb/fmap/federal_forms/

VMS, Enforcement Information, or To Report a Violation
National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Law Enforcement
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-6100
VMS: (808) 725-6110
Confidential hotline: (800) 853-1964
Fax: (808) 725-6199
Web: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ole/

Fishing in National Wildlife Refuges
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Remote Islands National Wildlife Refuge Manager
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 5-231
P.O. Box 50167
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808) 792-9550
Fax: (808) 792-9585
Web: www.fws.gov/pacificislandsrefuges

State of Hawaii Commercial Marine Licenses and Reports
Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources
1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 330
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 587-0100
Licenses: (808) 587-0109
Fax: (808) 587-0115
Web: www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
National Marine Sanctuaries
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-5800
Entry notification: (866) 478-6944
Fax: (808) 455-3093
Email: hawaiireef@noaa.gov
Email (entry notification): nwhi.notifications@noaa.gov
Web: www.papahanaumokuakea.gov