Saltwater Information Program - SIP
If you fish in saltwater, you need a SIP permit - it's FREE!
We are relying on the participation of you and your fellow saltwater anglers for this critical information need.
What Will SIP Do? Why Do I Need This FREE Permit?
The SIP permit is part of a comprehensive effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to collect timely and accurate data from saltwater anglers for use in resource management. Other Saltwater Information Program activities include volunteer fish tagging, a fish carcass donation project, and ongoing creel surveys of anglers and fishing guides.
The new permit will help identify individuals who saltwater fish in Georgia so they can be included in catch and effort surveys. SIP will will help these surveys to be cost-effective, and the results to be as accurate and trustworthy as possible since they are so important to the management process. Georgia’s saltwater anglers can help by complying with this new requirement and by participating in these surveys when contacted.
The SIP permit is patterned after the successful free Hunter Information Program (HIP) permit, which is required of Georgia hunting license holders who hunt migratory birds.
Georgia saltwater anglers who have a valid fishing license with a SIP permit and who fish in the Atlantic Ocean beyond 3 miles offshore will be exempt from the federal requirement to have a Saltwater Angler Registry permit.
Questions? SIP Permit Frequently Asked Questions
Get your FREE SIP Permit
Starting January 1, 2013, anyone who holds a Georgia fishing license and wants to fish in saltwater will need a FREE, annual SIP permit.
The first SIP permits will be valid from January 1, 2013 until February 28, 2014. After that the permits will be valid for a 12-month period starting March 1 and expiring on the last day of February of the following year.
To Get Your SIP Permit
Sign up for your FREE 2013 SIP permit any time after December 1, 2012.
Here's how you can do it:
Obtain it from any current license vendor
Obtain it over the phone
call 1-800-366-2661- (M - F from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sat - Sun from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Download via the internet
Here you can buy a license, print a replacement, or obtain a this free permit.
For Lifetime or Senior License Holders
If you have a lifetime or senior license, you will be able to print a paper version of the SIP permit and carry it when you saltwater fish in Georgia
Still Have Questions?
Don't Be Late
Sign Up For Your 2013 SIP Permit Today!