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License FAQ:
Shellfish License Questions


Q. – Can anyone purchase the Shellfish License?
A. –
No, only North Carolina residents can purchase a Shellfish License.

Q. – I am a commercial hand clammer. What license do I need?
A. –
You have two options. If you had a valid Endorsement to Sell License on June 30, 1999, you can purchase a Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License and elect the Shellfish Endorsement, or you can purchase the Shellfish License. Only North Carolina residents can purchase the Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License with the Shellfish Endorsement and/or the Shellfish License. If you use a vessel, the vessel must have a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration

Q. – Do I need a valid 1999 Endorsement to Sell License to purchase the Shellfish License?
A. –
No, there are no past license requirements to be eligible.

License FAQ:
Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration Questions


Q. – Who can purchase the Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration?
A. –
Anyone can purchase the Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration for a vessel. There are no previous license requirements for someone to purchase this registration.

Q. – Is the Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration different from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's boat registration?
A. –
Yes, you must have a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration, in addition to the Wildlife Resources Commission's boat registration or U.S. Coast Guard documentation for the vessel to participate in commercial fishing operations in North Carolina.

Q. – Can anyone fish commercially on a vessel that has a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration?
A. –
Yes, anyone can fish if at least one individual on board has a Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License, or Menhaden License for Non-Residents Not Eligible for a Standard Commercial Fishing License on a vessel with a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration. Only the individual with the license can sell the catch.

Q. – Do I have to remove my previous commercial vessel fishing license decal from my vessel?
A. –
Yes, only a valid vessel decal can be displayed.

Q. – When does the Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration need to be purchased?
A. –
It has to be purchased before the vessel is used in commercial fishing operations beginning July 1, 1999.

Q. – What type of vessels need to have a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration?
A. –
Motorized vessels participating in commercial fishing activities need to have a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration. Unmotorized vessels not used in conjunction with a vessel in commercial fishing operations with a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration must have a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration.

Q. – Do run, buy, or purse boats working in conjunction with commercial fishing operations need to have a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration?
A. –
Yes, if the vessel is motorized and operating in a commercial fishing operation, it needs to have a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration.

Q. – Does a menhaden vessel with a Menhaden License for Nonresidents Not Eligible for a Standard Commercial Fishing License fishing within 3 miles of shore need a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration?
A. –
Yes.

Q. – How is the primary location status of a vessel determined for the Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration?
A. –
The primary location status is determined in one of three ways. 1) From the state boat registration; 2) Certified state vessel title; or 3) U.S. Coast Guard documentation papers.

Q. – How is the homeport determined from the U.S. Coast Guard documentation?
A. -
It is determined from the listed hailing port.

Q. – What documents do I need to present for the Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration if a transfer of the U.S. Coast Guard documentation has been requested?
A. –
If an application for transfer of documentation is pending, a copy of the pending application and a notarized bill of sale may be submitted.

 


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