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Marine Fisheries - Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License

Marine Fisheries

Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License

The Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License is an annual license for commercial fishermen, age 65 and older, who harvest and sell fish, shrimp or any marine species. To harvest shellfish, fishermen must elect the shellfish endorsement to their retired standard commercial fishing license, or purchase a shellfish license. To be eligible for this license, an individual must have had a valid endorsement-to-sell license on June 30, 1999. A commercial fishing vessel registration will be required for fishermen who use boats to harvest seafood. Fishermen holding this license can only sell their catch to a licensed fish dealer.

The retired standard commercial fishing license can be transferred, but it is not assignable. Commercial fishermen 65 years and older are not required to purchase the retired standard commercial fishing license — they can purchase the standard commercial fishing license and maintain the ability to assign their license.

Expiration Date: June 30 of Each Year

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

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