Standard Commercial Fishing License
The Standard Commercial Fishing License is an annual license for commercial fishermen who harvest and sell fish, shrimp, crab or any marine species, except menhaden, and shellfish. To harvest menhaden and shellfish, fishermen must elect endorsements to their Standard Commercial Fishing License, or purchase a Shellfish License. To be eligible for this license, an individual or business must have a current/valid Standard or Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License for the previous license year. This license can be transferred and assigned. 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.
Note: If you do not possess a Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses or Retired Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses you may apply for one through the eligibility pool. Licenses are distributed to persons meeting established criteria, including past involvement in commercial fishing, degree of reliance on commercial fishing and other factors.