What type of federal licensing? Is it a recreational trip or commercial trip? What species? Are the passengers licensed ? SPL? RS? Gulf Reef Fish Permit? Do they have allocations?
snake 166 said:
Can crew of federally licensed CFH vessel sell their catch of regulated species under a commercial products license? Can passengers do same?
“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Fish caught under charter cannot be sold. A charter vessel may sell fish caught while not under charter, but they would need the applicable federal permit for the targeted fishery, a Saltwater Products License, and for almost any species worth selling, a Restricted Species Endorsement. In short, they would be a commercial fishing vessel and not a charter boat at this point. This would allow them to sell their catch to a licensed wholesale dealer only. In order to sell their catch at the dock, they would also need a Wholesale Dealer License in order to report the catch on a trip ticket, and a Retail License in order to sell to the public. I suspect that these rules are seldom enforced since it appears some charter boats sell their fish at the dock. Maybe.
snake 166 said:
Thanks Snapperwhackerhard. I raised this question after an acquaintence observed the crew of a headboat fishing for vermilion snapper. They had a small crew of paying customers and so had free time to fish for themselves and I assumed sell their catch to make up for a reduced number of tips.
I dont believe you can sell anything to the public, only licensed dealer. no bars, no restaurants.