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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Marine Fisheries - Fish Dealer License

Marine Fisheries

Fish Dealer's License

The Fish Dealer's License is an annual license available only to North Carolina residents with a physical address/established location in North Carolina. Fish Dealers are required to buy seafood only from licensed commercial fishermen. This license is required for anyone who buys seafood directly from a fisherman and is also required for fishermen who sell their catch to the public. All fish and shellfish must be purchased from a licensed dealer to resell. Under the new system, there will be no separation of “processed” and “unprocessed” dealers.

In addition, a fish dealers license will be required for ocean fishing pier operators or other people that deal in bait. To deal in bait — purchase bait from a licensed fisherman, or catch and sell bait to the public — a fish dealers license with either a shrimp or finfish category is required. The shrimp category is needed to deal in minnows and shrimp and the finfish category is needed to deal in minnows and live shrimp.

Cost

 

$50

Application fee for a new fish dealer’s license

$50

Each for oyster, clam, shrimp, scallop, hard and soft crab, finfish, and dehydrating, menhaden or oil extracting operations

$300

Consolidated license — all license categories

Expiration Date

June 30 of each year

A new license application fee will be required for fish dealer license applicants who did not hold a valid seafood dealer’s license or ocean pier license in fiscal year 1998-99.

A permit is required to sell shellfish (oysters, clams and mussels) in North Carolina by the Office of Shellfish Sanitation — call 252-726-6827 regarding permit requirements.

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

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