BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -
With summer in full swing, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds all those who enjoy the great outdoors about a state requirement that anglers obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
The permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
In a prepared statement released Tuesday, agents explained the program was developed to better quantify and characterize the charter and recreational fishermen who fish beyond Louisiana's territorial waters.
The permit is available at no cost to the public.
Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit.
A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
For more information, visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.