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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: June 24, 2020
Phone: 252-726-7021

REMINDER: Deadline to renew current commercial/for-hire fishing licenses extended to July 31

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has extended the deadline to renew current commercial and for-hire fishing licenses by one month in response to COVID-19.

Fiscal year 2019-2020 commercial fishing licenses, for-hire fishing licenses, and permits issued by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries with an expiration of June 30, 2020 will remain valid until July 31, 2020.

This extension does not apply to fiscal year 2018-2019 commercial fishing licenses that expired on June 30, 2019. These license holders must purchase a fiscal year 2019-2020 license by June 30, 2020 to remain eligible to purchase a fiscal year 2020-2021 license.

The extension also does not apply to Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses or Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses.

Recent legislation pertaining to COVID-19 authorized state agencies to delay until Aug. 1 the renewal dates and associated fees for licenses and permits in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare and for the economic wellbeing of citizens and businesses (see NCGA Session Law 2020-3 [ncleg.gov], Section 4.38). The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined these circumstances apply.

“COVID-19 has had widespread economic impacts to North Carolina’s commercial and recreational for-hire fishing industries,” said division Director Steve Murphey. “This extension will allow fishermen more time to adjust financially to these circumstances.”

Division offices remain closed, and staff is facilitating license purchases and renewals by phone and mail.

License holders are still encouraged to renew their licenses through the mail. Renewal packets were mailed to each license holder earlier this spring.

Fishermen also may submit completed applications with payment (check, cashier’s check, or money order only) in drop boxes provided at the following division offices:

DMF Headquarters
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City
Phone: 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632
Manteo Field Office
1021 Driftwood Dr.
Manteo
Phone 252-473-5734 or 800-405-7774
Pamlico District Office
943 Washington Square Mall, Highway 17
Washington
Phone: 252-946-6481 or 800-338-7804
Southern District Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension
Wilmington
Phone: 910-796-7215 or 800-248-4536

Fishermen who have questions should call their local license office at the number listed above or email License@ncdenr.gov.

Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses can be purchased or renewed online by calling N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission at 1-888-248-6834 during office hours.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: June 22, 2020
Phone: 252-726-7021

Grant money available for transient recreational boating facilities

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) for federal fiscal year 2021.

BIG is a grant program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that construct, renovate, or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.

The Division of Marine Fisheries serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the BIG Program. Proposals must be submitted to the division to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient slips, mooring buoys, day-docks, floating and fixed piers and breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities (water, electric, telephone, internet), sewage pump-out stations, recycling and trash receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations. Applicants must have or intend to construct dedicated dockage for transient vessels to receive funding for these eligible activities.

BIG funds are awarded each year. Grants are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1-State grants, all states may receive up to $200,000 per grant cycle if proposals meet the program's guidelines. Tier 2-National grants are reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings and are awarded on a nationwide competitive basis. For this funding opportunity, applicants may apply for up to $200,000 under Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.

For information about grant availability, project eligibility, and proposal development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Website, http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/what-big-program [portal.ncdenr.org], or contact Vicky Pohoresky, the division’s federal aid coordinator 252-808-8016, or Vicky.Pohoresky@ncdenr.gov. The deadline for applications to be received by the state Division of Marine Fisheries is 5 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020. Electronic submission to Vicky.Pohoresky@ncdenr.gov is required.

 

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