The prices of most commercial licenses will go up March 1.
fees will go up by 25 percent, including the fees for Standard
Commercial Fishing Licenses and Commercial Shellfish Licenses.
fee increases were approved by the N.C. General Assembly in this year’s
state budget to help support the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’
The observer program collects at-sea
information about commercial and recreational catches by observing
fishing, either onboard fishermen’s vessels or from a division vessel
operated in the vicinity of fishing activity.
coverage is a requirement of the state’s Sea Turtle Incidental Take
Permit for the gill net fisheries. Without this coverage, the fishery
In addition, the for-hire fishing license and ocean
fishing pier license structures will change later this year. Both
licenses will change from an annual license from day of sale to a
fiscal year cycle. Current licenses will be valid until their
expiration date to aid in this transition.
The new for-hire
license structure eliminates the Blanket For-Hire License and the free
For-Hire Permit and creates three new licenses: A Blanket For-Hire
Captain’s License, a Blanket For-Hire Vessel License and a Non-Blanket
For-Hire Vessel License. This will allow headboat, charter boat, and
guide boat operators to choose whether to purchase a vessel license or
a captain’s license, depending on the way they do business.
legislation also set a fee for the Non-Blanket For-Hire Vessel License
and increased the out-of-state resident fees for all for-hire licenses.
Ocean Pier License and the Ocean Fishing Pier Blanket Coastal
Recreational Fishing License will be combined into one Ocean Pier
License, which will still cover the licensing requirements of the
anglers on the pier. The two fees will be combined and result in no
increase in total cost.
The state legislature also authorized the Marine Fisheries Commission to:
fees of up to $100 each for a number of fishing permits issued by the
division. The division currently issues more than 20 permits at no
charge and is developing a special permit for the inshore gillnet
Establish limited entry license fees of up to
$500 each. Currently, the only limited entry license the division
issues is the License to Land Flounder for the summer flounder trawl
The commission is scheduled to discuss fee increases
for permits and limited entry licenses at its February meeting.
Establishing these license and permits fees will require rule changes,
which will entail a public comment process.
The increases in permit fees were also earmarked for the Observer Program in the state budget.
Click here for a table of fee increases and their effective dates.
For more information, contact Don Hesselman, License and Statistics Section chief, at 252-808-8099 or [email protected].