skip to main content | skip to footer
North Carolina Department of Environment Quality

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Marine Fisheries - Commercial Fishing FAQs

Marine Fisheries

Web Content Display javax.portlet.title.56
Web Content Display javax.portlet.title.56

Q. – How does an assignment terminate?
A. – The assignment terminates:

  1. When the date specified on the assignment form is reached; or
  2. A licensee or assignee are determined ineligible for a license or assignment; or
  3. The Division of Marine Fisheries receives a notarized statement from the current license holder stating a revised date for an earlier assignment termination; or
  4. Upon the licensee or assignee's death; or
  5. The Standard Commercial Fishing License expires.

Q. – When do assignments of the Standard Commercial Fishing License have to be reported to the Division of Marine Fisheries?
A. –
All assignments have to be reported through the required procedures to the Division of Marine Fisheries' if the Division of Marine Fisheries has not received the assignment within 5 days (postmarked or delivered) from the start date of the assignment, it is not a valid assignment and is null and void. It must be returned to the Standard Commercial Fishing License holder.

Q. – What documents do I need to take with me when assigned a Standard Commercial Fishing License?
A. –
When you are fishing with an assigned Standard Commercial Fishing License, you must have ready at hand for inspection the assigned Standard Commercial Fishing License and a copy of the assignment form with any assigned endorsements.

Q. – Can an individual be assigned more than one Standard Commercial Fishing License at one time?
A. –
No.

Q. – Can a nonresident be assigned a resident Standard Commercial Fishing License?
A. -
Yes.

Q. – Can an assignment be extended beyond the original assigned date?
A. –
Yes, for an extension of time, a new assignment form must be completed and submitted to the Division of Marine Fisheries' license office.

Q. - Do you have to renew the Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License, annually?
A. –
Yes, you have one full license year (July – June) after your license expires to renew your license. If you do not renew in that year, your license will go into the eligibility pool. To receive a license after that year, you must apply to the eligibility pool.

Q. – Are spears considered commercial gear and do I need a license to fish with them?
A. –
To commercially fish with a spear you must have a Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License. To recreationally fish with a spear in North Carolina coastal waters (0 – 3 miles in the ocean), you must have a Coastal Recreational Fishing License.

Q. – Do I have to be retired to purchase the Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License?
A. –
No, retirement is not a qualification for the license. You have to be 65 years old or older to purchase this license.

Q. – If I am 65 years old or older, do I have to purchase the Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License?
A. –
No, you have the option. If you want the flexibility to assign your license, you can purchase the Standard Commercial Fishing License. The Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License does not allow assignments, but it is sold at a lower price.

Pages: 1  2  3  4  

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

NCDMF logo

38337 FEEDBACK

Your input is valuable to us. Please send us your feedback.

What type of feedback would you like to send?*

Ask a Question Report a Problem Have a Concern Make a Comment

(If you would like us to respond please include your phone or e-mail.)

Your Question has been sent. Thank you!

An internal server error prevented Your Question from being sent.
Please try again later, or call Toll-Free (877) 623-6748 for immediate assistance.

Please complete all highlighted items

Your Problem has been sent. Thank you!

An internal server error prevented Your Question from being sent.
Please try again later, or call Toll-Free (877) 623-6748 for immediate assistance.

Please complete all highlighted items

Your Concern has been sent. Thank you!

An internal server error prevented Your Question from being sent.
Please try again later, or call Toll-Free (877) 623-6748 for immediate assistance.

Please complete all highlighted items

Your Comment has been sent. Thank you!

An internal server error prevented Your Question from being sent.
Please try again later, or call Toll-Free (877) 623-6748 for immediate assistance.

Please complete all highlighted items

*If you are a DENR employee with an I.T. issue, please submit a DOTS ticket.