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Old 12-14-2004, 08:22 AM
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Is it true I don't have to have a recreational license to fish saltwater in NC? I thought I read that but wanted to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding something.
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Old 12-14-2004, 08:31 AM
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Not until 2006. May even be delayed.
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Where does it technically turn Salt Water around New Bern. Do I need a lic. on the Trent. I've caught Flounder, Rock, Brim, and Bass off my dock? Seems like brackish to me.
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Here is a quote from the NC Fisheries page.

"The license is required to recreationally fish in Coastal Fishing Waters, which include sounds, coastal rivers and their tributaries, out to three miles in the ocean. "

Sounds kinda vague to me.

I guess the safe thing is to have a freshwater and saltwater license and let the warden figure out which one applies.
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Does anyone have a link to the actual thing? And is it just one per a boat? And if everyone on board has to have one how old do you have to be to have to have one?

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Check this site for all NC fishing info.

http://www.ncfisheries.net/
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Old 12-14-2004, 09:34 PM
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Cluster...call the wildlife officer for your area...I had the same question about my area a couple years back, our local office was very helpful...
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Even more confused now, will be surf fishing this year in NC. License needed or not?
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Even more confused now, will be surf fishing this year in NC. License needed or not?
If you have a freshwater license and are above the salt/fresh line you are fine.

You do not need a license to fish in the salt water of NC at this time, although you might need one beginning in 2006.

A law was passed creating a recreational saltwater fishing license, but they are going to ammend it considerably before it is implemented. Right now everyone fishing in saltwater will need one when it begins, but the politicians in Raleigh will tinker with it and add a long list of exemptions.

In summary, if you fish in Saltwater in NC right now you do not need a license. In 2006 that might change.

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This is lengthy but may answer most questions.

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing License Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Saltwater Fishing License be required?
The license is required beginning Jan.1, 2006.

In what areas or waters will the license be required?
The license is required to recreationally fish in Coastal Fishing Waters, which include sounds, coastal rivers and their tributaries, out to three miles in the ocean. Recreational fishermen who catch fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3 miles - 200 miles offshore) will be required to possess this license to land fish in state waters. Fishing in Joint Waters (areas managed by both the Marine Fisheries and the Wildlife Resources commissions) will also require the Saltwater Fishing License.

Where can I purchase a license?
The license may be purchased or renewed at designated offices of the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF); from the DMF by mail, electronic mail, the Internet, or telephone; or at locations designated by the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Fund Board of Trustees.

How much will the license cost?
There are several different types of Saltwater Fishing License's available, each with different license durations and fees, see below:

(1) One-year license - $15.00. This license is valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance.

(2) Two-year license - $30.00. This license is valid for a period of two years from the date of issuance.

(3) Three-year license - $45.00. This license is valid for a period of three years from the date of issuance.

(4) Seven-day license - $1.00. This license is valid for a period of seven consecutive days. An individual may purchase this license only once in any 12-month period.

(5) Subsistence license - An applicant for a license under this subdivision shall provide to the DMF a certification from the Department of Health and Human Services that the individual falls below the federal poverty level. A license issued under this subdivision shall be issued without charge and is valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance.

6) Lifetime license - This license is valid for the lifetime of the licensee. The fee for the Lifetime license, based on the age of the prospective licensee as of the date on which the application is filed with the DMF, is:
a. Age 0 through Age 5 - $100
b. Age 6 through Age10 - $150
c. Age 11 through Age17 - $200
d. Age 18 and above - $500

I have a lifetime hunting and fishing license issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission; will this license cover me in coastal waters?
No, you will still need to purchase a Saltwater Fishing License.

Does everyone need a license or are there any exemptions?
There is only one exemption - an individual may engage in recreational fishing by means of recreational gear without having purchased a Saltwater Fishing License if the individual is 18 years of age or younger and is currently enrolled in school and is making progress toward obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Are licenses available for anglers who reside out of state?
Yes, they are available for everyone regardless of residency.

Are the license fees different for anglers who reside out of state?
No, they are the same.

Will I need a license to fish on a private or public pier?
Yes, in coastal waters no types of recreational fishing activities are exempt.

Will I need a license to fish on a charterboat or headboat?
Yes, in coastal waters no types of recreational fishing activities are exempt.

Will I need a license to fish from public or private shoreline?
Yes, in coastal waters no types of recreational fishing activities are exempt.

If I have a Saltwater Fishing License, can people fish on my private boat without purchasing a license?
No, they must all have a license if you are fishing in coastal waters.

Can I sell my catch if I have a Saltwater Fishing License?
No, seafood harvested under this license is for personal consumption and cannot be sold.

I have a standard commercial fishing license; do I still need a Saltwater Fishing License to go fishing for fun?
Yes.

Is the Saltwater Fishing License only required to fish with hook and line or do you need this license to use other recreational gears like gigs and castnets?
The license is required for ANY type of recreational fishing activity not included under the N.C. Recreational Commercial Gear License.

Which recreational gear use beside hook and line would require someone to purchase a Saltwater Fishing License?
Any type of recreational activity not included under the N.C. Recreational Commercial Gear License will require this license. This includes, but is not limited to spears, gigs, hook-and-line, bait-and-line, seines less than 30 feet, dip nets, landing nets, cast nets and recreational shellfish activities.

I have a Recreational Commercial Gear License (RCGL); do I still need a Saltwater Fishing License to go fishing for fun with a rod and reel?
Yes.

Do I need a Saltwater Fishing License and a RCGL to set my RCGL gear for recreational purposes?
No, only a RCGL is required to set RCGL gear.

Do I need a Saltwater Fishing License to catch shellfish recreationally?
Yes.

Which species of shellfish are included?
All types.

Do I need a Saltwater Fishing License to use a bait and line to catch crabs?
Yes.

How many crab pots can I set if I have a Saltwater Fishing License?
You may set one crab pot per Saltwater Fishing License holder. The pot has to be attached to the shore along privately owned land or to a privately owned pier and must have a buoy that is no less than five inches in diameter and no less than five inches in length. Engraved in the buoy or engraved in a metal or plastic tag attached to the buoy, must be the license holder's last name and initials and one of the following if vessel is used: owner's N.C. motor boat registration number (Wildlife Resources Commission number), or owner's U.S. vessel documentation name.

If I hold a Saltwater Fishing License can I keep all the fish and seafood I catch?
No, you will be held to the state's recreational size and possession limits.

Can I transfer my Saltwater Fishing License to a family member or other person if I'm not using it?
No, it is unlawful to buy, sell, lend, borrow, assign, or otherwise transfer a license to any other individual.

What kind of documentation do I need to prove I have a Saltwater Fishing License?
You must provide your name and residence address upon the request of a Marine Patrol officer or any other law enforcement officer authorized to enforce federal or state laws, regulations, or rules relating to marine fisheries. You do not have to have the license in your possession.

Are there any other Saltwater Fishing License requirements?
Yes, there are reporting requirements. A person licensed shall comply with the biological data sampling and survey programs of the DMF.

Where does all the Saltwater Fishing License money go?
A N.C. Saltwater Fishing Fund will be established as a nonreverting fund in the office of the state treasurer. License revenues and the proceeds of any gifts, grants, and contributions to the state specifically designated for inclusion in the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Fund shall be deposited in the fund. The state treasurer shall hold the fund separate and apart from all other moneys, funds, and accounts. The state treasurer shall invest the assets of the fund in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 147-69.2 and G.S. 147-69.3.

How will the Saltwater Fishing License money be spent?
The board of trustees may authorize the disbursement of 50 percent of the license revenues for the first ten years. After that, they may only spend the investment income that accrues from the fund.

The Fund may be used for:
a. Resource and habitat enhancement, including, but not limited to, creation of natural nursery areas, construction of artificial reefs, restoration and enhancement of submerged aquatic vegetation, creation and restoration of oyster habitat, and acquisition of land or an interest in land that provides for the preservation of critical fisheries habitat.

b. Grants to fund fisheries management research for specifically designated species.

c. Acquisition of land or an interest in land that provides for the enhancement of fishery habitat or public access to coastal fishing waters.

d. Purchase or construction of public beach access areas and public marinas. If the board of trustees purchases or constructs a public marina, it may establish a boat docking fee.

e. Emergency dredging for the restoration of access to public fishing areas.

f. Establishment of scholarships for individuals pursuing degrees in marine sciences.

g. Administrative and operating expenses of the board of trustees.

The board of trustees shall not authorize the disbursement of investment income that accrues to the fund for law enforcement purposes. The purpose of the fund is to enhance the fishery resources of the state for commercial and recreational fishing.

Who can apply for this money?
Any of the following are eligible to apply for monies from the fund:
(1) A state agency.
(2) A local government or other political subdivision of the state or a combination of such entities.
(3) A nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is the conservation, preservation, or restoration of the marine resources of the state.

Who decides how the Saltwater Recreational Fund is used?
The North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Fund Board of Trustees.

How are the members of the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Fund Board of Trustees appointed?
There will be 11 Members. The Marine Fisheries Director and Chairman of the Marine Fisheries Commission will be members along with three members appointed by the Governor, three members appointed by the Speaker of the House, and three members appointed by the Senate President ProTempore.

Will there be any additional modifications to the Saltwater Fishing License requirements prior to its implementation?
Possibly. Several members of the General Assembly expressed an interest in revisiting the license issue during the next legislative session.

8/10/04

For more information about the new Saltwater Fishing License, please call the DMF at 252-726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632 and ask for the License Office. 8/10/04
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Old 09-21-2005, 06:20 PM
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Old thread- Just thought I would share what was printed in the most recent issue of Tide magazine (offcial publication of CCA):

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Tide magazine- Sept / Oct 2005 issue

...Here are some of the more notable changes in Senate Bill 1126 at the time this report was prepared: An optional blanket license for charter boat captains; an optional blanket license for pier owners, and Lifetime Sportsman License holders before Jan 1, 2005, have been grandfathered-in.

Changes to the fee schedule include: resident one-year license $15; resident 10-day license $5; non-resident 10-day license $10...

One of the most notable changes is that it includes a provision to give our NC Marine Patrol dual enforcement (authority to enforce laws in state and federal waters). It is now expected to go before a Conference Committee of both Senate and House members, where they will work-out a final bill...
When the final bill is set, maybe someone can update this thread again.
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Old 09-22-2005, 12:24 AM
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wont go in Fed waters
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Old 09-26-2005, 04:16 PM
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I ask Friday at the Fisheries dept in Morehead, they said it would begin in 2007, don't recall what exact month she said.
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:23 PM
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If you purchase a Lifetime NC Sportsman license prior to Jan 1 2006, you will never need to purchase the Saltwater license, as it's covered (but only if purchased before Jan 1).

I'm also hearing that effective Jan 1, the Lifetime Sportsman license will increase from $500 to $675.

If you've been contemplating a Lifetime license purchase, now may be the time...
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