Coastal Resources Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520
We are relying on the participation of you and your fellow saltwater anglers for this critical information need.
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.
Since Georgia's fishing license covers both freshwater and saltwater fishing, the SIP permit helps identify individuals who saltwater fish in Georgia so they can be included in catch and effort surveys. The SIP permit 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 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 remain exempt from the federal requirement to have a Saltwater Angler Registry permit.
Anyone who holds a Georgia fishing license, including lifetime and senior license holders, who wants to fish in saltwater needs a FREE, annual SIP permit.
SIP permits are valid for a 12-month period starting March 1 and expiring on the last day of February of the following year.
call 1-800-366-2661- (M - F from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sat - Sun from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Here you can buy a license, print a replacement, or obtain a this free permit.
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