A cap equal to the number of Endorsement-to-Sell Licenses in existence on July 1, 1999, will be placed on the number of Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses. An additional 500 Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses will be distributed to persons meeting established criteria, including past involvement in commercial fishing, degree of reliance on commercial fishing, and other factors.
Retired Standard Commercial License - Effective July 1, 1999
This license is for commercial fishermen age 65 and older, and will cost $100 annually for residents and $800 for nonresidents. Only fishermen who hold a valid Endorsement-to-Sell on July 1, 1999, will be eligible for this new license.
This license is not assignable and will require a Vessel Endorsement if a boat is used.
This license falls under the same cap as the Standard Commercial Fishing License.
Recreational Commercial Fishing Gear License - Effective July 1, 1999
This license is for recreational fishermen who want to use commercial gear to catch seafood for personal consumption. Fishermen who hold this license will not be able to sell what they catch. This license will cost $35 annually for residents and $250 annually for nonresidents.
The Recreational Commercial Gear License cannot be assigned or transferred, and will not be under a cap.
The Marine Fisheries Commission must establish gear limits for the Recreational Commercial Gear License by July 1, 1999.
Fishermen who harvest seafood under the Recreational Commercial Gear License will be subject to recreational size and bag limits.