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Marine Fisheries - CRFL Program

Marine Fisheries

Coastal Recreational Fishing License Program

CRFL

What is the North Carolina CRFL Program?

Under state law, revenue from sales of N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses goes in two separate funds, both set up specifically to be used to manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate and enhance the marine resources of the state. The Marine Resources Endowment Fund receives revenues from the sale of lifetime CRFLs. The Marine Resources Fund receives revenues from the sale of all other CRFLs.

The Marine Resources Fund supports the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant Program. Each year, the MFC and the WRC issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consideration of funding.

The Strategic Plan for the Conservation and Improvement of North Carolina Marine Resources sets forth a framework of objectives and strategies to meet the statutory requirement that the fund be used to manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate and enhance the marine resources of the state. The framework provides the basis upon which to evaluate and select proposals for CRFL funding. Example priority research needs have been compiled based on priority needs in Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission, issues identified in the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPP), and research needs identified cooperatively with other agencies. The objectives and strategies are topics of particular interest at this time and do not represent an inclusive list of all priority needs in FMPs and the CHPP.

Only proposals from universities, community colleges, local/state North Carolina governmental entities, DMF, or WRC are eligible to receive funding. Individuals/groups desiring funding must partner with one of these eligible agencies.

Current Funding Opportunities
The annual Request for Proposal cycle begins on June 1, with applications due by the last working day of July. Applicants will be notified by January 31 if their proposals have been approved for funding. The 2014 Request for Proposal cycle will be May 31 – July 31, 2013. For questions or more information, contact the CRFL Program Coordinator to be added to our email list.

Follow this link to the CRFL Grants Programs page for more details on CRFL funding, applications and plans.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557
252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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