The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently announced new rules impacting for-hire fishing operations and ocean fishing piers.
New Rule Highlights:
- Elimination of current For-Hire Permit and Coastal Recreational Fishing License blanket licenses, replacing with a captain’s for-hire license, a blanket for-hire vessel license, and a non-blanket for-hire vessel license, to be consistent with current state law.
- Combining two separate ocean pier licenses into one Ocean Fishing Pier License with the same net cost.
The rules will be included in 2015 North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules (2015 rulebook) and will be posted online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rules-and-regulations by May 1.
source: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources