N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding watermen they need to
renew their commercial fishing licenses and permits by June 30 to
continue fishing, or in some cases, keep their licenses.
All commercial fishing licenses expire on June 30 each year.
With Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses and
Retired Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses, the license holder has a
year from the expiration date to renew the license, but is not allowed
to fish commercially until the license is renewed. However, anyone
whose license expired June 30, 2016 must renew the license this year or
If not renewed after a year, these licenses will go
back into an eligibility pool, and fishermen must go through a lengthy
application process to receive them. There were 772 license holders who
did not renew their licenses last year.
All division offices that sell licenses are now
fully staffed and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including lunch.
Commercial fishing licenses are sold at the following division offices:
3441 Arendell St.
Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office
Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office
127 Cardinal Dr.
The division will accept payment by cash or check only. Commercial license and permit fees for fiscal 2017-18 can be found here.
Fishermen should bring photo identifications with
them. The fisherman or person with power of attorney must be present to
sign the certification form.
For more information, contact License Program Manager Brenda Clark at 252-808-8030 or [email protected].
1021 Driftwood Dr.