January 8, 2008
It’s time to renew recreational fishing licenses
casting a hook and line or jabbing a gig, fishermen should take a
moment to pull their Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses from their
wallets or tackle boxes to check the expiration dates.
annual recreational licenses expire one year from the date of purchase,
so those who bought one in January, 2007, may need to renew it before
commercial licenses and permits all expire on June 30 of each year, and
we want to make sure people don’t get these dates
confused,” said Marine Patrol Col. Rex Lanier.
This is particularly important since a year-long grace period, in which
Marine Patrol handed out warning tickets to first offenders, is over,
In 2007, Marine Patrol handed out more than 2,800 warning tickets but
only 25 actual citations for fishing without a Coastal Recreational
Now, however, those caught fishing without a license will get a ticket that carries a fine and court costs of $155.
The state sold 470,400 Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses in 2007,
and 25,591 of those were purchased in the first four weeks of the year.
Most of the licenses sold were annual resident licenses.
The license requirement pertains to anyone age 16 or older fishing in
coastal waters of North Carolina, except those who held a Lifetime
Sportsman or Lifetime Comprehensive Fishing license issued by the N.C.
Wildlife Resources Commission prior to Jan. 1, 2006.
An annual license costs $15 for residents and $30 for non-residents.
Ten-day licenses and a variety of lifetime licenses are available, as
well. For more information on the types of licenses available, view the
DMF Web site at www.ncdmf.net.
Licenses may be purchased or renewed at Wildlife Resources Commission
licensing agents, which include most bait and tackle shops and all DMF
license offices. They may also be purchased online at
www.ncwildlife.org, or by calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834).