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Commercial Fishing License Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

This FAQ list is intended to summarize applicable rules and to assist fishermen.
It is not a substitute for the rules.

General License Questions


Q. - Will all Division of Marine Fisheries' license offices process license transfers?
A. -  Any Division of Marine Fisheries' license office can process license transfers except for the License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean License. This license can only be transferred in the Morehead City office.

Q. - Where can Division of Marine Fisheries licenses be purchased?
A. - All Division of Marine Fisheries' license offices will sell all licenses except for the License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean. This license can only be processed/purchased in the Morehead City office. In addition to Division of Marine Fisheries' license offices, some Wildlife Resources Commission agents will sell the Recreational Commercial Gear License.

Q. – To be eligible for licenses within a certain deadline, do the licenses need to be received by the Division of Marine Fisheries or is the postmark date adequate?
A. – The postmark date will serve as the date for applying for licenses by a specified timeframe.

Q. – Who is considered the responsible party of a license?
A. – A person who coordinates, supervises or otherwise directs operations of a business, such as a corporate officer or executive level supervisor of business operations and the person responsible for use of the issued license in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The responsible party of a business is referred to as the Business Agent.

Q. – How do I replace a lost fishing license?
A. – You can apply for a replacement at any Division of Marine Fisheries' license office and you will be charged a replacement fee.

Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License
(Including Endorsements and Assignments)


Q - Who is eligible to purchase a Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License?
A.–
Anyone who held a valid Endorsement To Sell License on June 30, 1999 is eligible to purchase the Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License. You can purchase one Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License for every valid Endorsement To Sell License held on June 30, 1999.

Q. – I have multiple valid Endorsement to Sell Licenses on June 30, 1999. Is there a timeframe when I have to purchase the Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License?
A. –
Yes, you have one year, from July 1, 1999 until June 30, 2000, to purchase all the licenses for which you are eligible. If you do not purchase all eligible Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing Licenses by June 30, 2000, any unused eligible license will be placed in the eligibility pool.

 

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