Fishing Permit Name Description Category: Marine Fisheries Aquaculture Collection Permit The collecting of protected or out-of-season marine and estuarine species for aquaculture purposes. Aquaculture Operation Permit Operation of an aquaculture facility. Allows an individual to transport or sell hatchery or aquaculture operation products that do not meet size or bag limits. Aquaculture Seed Transplant Permit To allow shellfish lease/franchise holders to purchase shellfish seed from permitted aquaculture operations that use waters in the prohibited, restricted, or conditionally approved classification for placement on their private beds. Black Sea Bass North of Cape Hatteras Dealer Permit Authorizes licensed dealers to purchase black sea bass with respect to season and pound limit requirements. Blocks of Ten-Day Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses This license allows vessel owners to issue ten-day Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses to anglers aboard their vessel so that the angler does not have to purchase his/her own license. Each license is valid for ten consecutive days. Blue Crab Shedding Permit Authorizes and identifies shedding operations possessing more than 50 crabs at any time. Closed Oyster Season Harvest Certificate To authorize leaseholders to harvest oysters from closed harvest areas for the protection of public health. Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) Allows the individual to recreationally harvest finfish in the state's coastal waters. Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) Exemption Permit Allows individuals and organizations serving certain groups (e.g., individuals with physical/mental limitations, disadvantaged youth, etc.) the ability to conduct recreational fishing events without each participant obtaining a CRFL. Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration (CFVR) The designation of a vessel that is engaged in commercial fishing operations. Depuration Permit Allows licensed NC clam or oyster dealers to take clams or oysters from public or private prohibited (polluted) waters for depurating purposes. Esturine Gill Net Permit Allows the use of anchored gill nets in coastal waters for either commercial or recreational purposes. Fish Dealer License Authorizes a NC resident entity (individual or business) within NC to buy fish for resale from any person who holds a valid commercial fishing license. For-Hire Blanket Captains Coastal Recreational Fishing License This license, or one of the other for-hire licenses, is required to conduct a for-hire fishing operation in coastal waters. The Blanket Captains license allows an individual who is properly license by the US Coast Guard to operate any for-hire vessel as long as that vessel also has a for-hire license or for-hire endorsement. For-Hire Blanket Vessel Coastal Recreational Fishing License This license, or one of the other for-hire licenses, is required to conduct a for-hire fishing operation in coastal waters. The Blanket Vessel license is vessel specific and covers the individual licensing requirements of the anglers aboard the vessel. For-Hire Non-Blanket Vessel Coastal Recreational Fishing License This license, or one of the other for-hire licenses, is required to conduct a for-hire fishing operation in coastal waters. The Non-Blanket Vessel license is vessel specific and does not cover the individual licensing requirements of the anglers aboard the vessel. Flounder Dealer Permit (Atlantic Ocean) Allows a licensed fish dealer to purchase flounder caught in excess of 100 pounds per day per commercial fishing operation, harvested in the Atlantic ocean, from a licensed commercial fisherman. Harvest Rangia Clams From Prohibited Areas (Permit to) The mechanical harvest of Rangia (freshwater clams) from the upper reaches of designated estuaries. Horseshoe Crab Biomedical Use Permit Allows the use of horseshoe crabs taken from NC joint or coastal waters for biomedical purposes. Introduce Transfer or Hold Imported Marine and Estuarine Organisms into the Coastal Waters of the State of North Carolina (Permit to) Allows for the introduction into coastal waters of living marine or estuarine organisms not native to North Carolina; transfer of marine or estuarine organisms which are native, but which originated outside the state's boundaries; holding or maintaining any imported marine or estuarine organisms in a quarantine or isolation system for brood stock, aquaculture, or bait; or selling for bait any live marine or estuarine organism imported into the state. Land Flounder From the Atlantic Ocean (License to) Requires anyone wishing to land and sell more than 100 pounds per trip of flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean to have this license. Land or Sell License Authorizes non-resident vessel owners or vessel masters who want to offload fish harvested beyond North Carolina territory (greater than 3 miles in the ocean). Mechanical Gear for Harvesting Oysters & Clams (Permit to Use) The use of mechanical gear for harvesting oysters and/or clams from private gardens. Monkfish Large Mesh Gill Net Permit Allows traditional large mesh gill net fisheries for striped bass and monkfish to be conducted in state waters while reducing the threat of interactions between this gear and bottlenose dolphins, other marine mammals, and sea turtles. Ocean Fishing Pier License Authorizes the manager of an ocean fishing pier to charge the public a fee to fish from a pier within coastal fishing waters. Planting Shellfish from Prohibited (i.e., Polluted) Areas (Permit For) Allows lease holders and franchise holders to harvest shellfish from designated polluted areas and transport them to their private gardens for depuration. Pound Net Set Permit The use of a pound net or any part of one in Joint or Coastal Fishing Waters of North Carolina. Recreational Commercial Gear License (RCGL) Allows an individual to use limited amounts of specified commercial gear to catch seafood for personal consumption or recreational purposes. Recreational Fishing Tournament License to Sell Fish Allows the tournament holder of the license to sell the tournament's catch to a licensed fish dealer. Proceeds from the sale of fish must be used for charitable religious, educational, civic, or conservation purposes. Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License (RSCFL) Allows individuals 65 years or older to harvest and sell fish, shrimp, crabs or any marine species, except Menhaden and shellfish. Scientific and Educational Collecting Permit The collection of regulated fisheries resources for scientific and educational use by universities, aquaria, and environmental consultant organizations. Shellfish License For NC Residents Without A Standard Commercial Fishing License Allows NC residents without a SCFL (Standard Commercial Fishing License) to commercially harvest and sale shellfish. Shellfish includes scallops, clams, conchs, whelks, oysters, and mussels. Shellfish Sanitation-Crustacea Dealer Permit and Certificate of Compliance (e.g., Crabs, Shrimp) Compliance with sanitation requirements for wholesale marketing, processing and handling of crustacea meat. Shellfish Sanitation-Shellfish Dealer Permit and Certificate of Compliance (e.g., Oysters, Clams and Mussels) Compliance with sanitation requirements for wholesale marketing, processing and handling of shellfish. Shellfish Sanitation - Wet Storage Permit Allows certified shellfish dealers to engage in temporary placement of shellstock from approved growing areas in containers or floats in natural bodies of water or in tanks containing natural or synthetic seawater. Spiny Dogfish Dealer Permit Licensed dealers purchasing greater than 100 pounds of spiny dogfish per day per commercial fishing operation harvested from the ocean. Spotter Plane License Authorizes the use of aircraft to identify the location of fish (other than food fish) in coastal waters for a commercial fishing operation. Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL) Allows the individual to harvest and sell fish, shrimp, crabs or any other marine species. Striped Bass Commercial Gear Permit (Atlantic Ocean) Allows an individual to harvest striped bass from the Atlantic Ocean by gill net, trawl or beach seine. Striped Bass Dealer Permit Allows a licensed dealer to possess, sell, or offer to sale purchased striped bass from licensed commercial fisherman during the striped bass season. Transplant Oysters from Seed Oyster Management Areas (Permit to) The transport of oysters from the state's seed oyster management areas to private gardens. Under Dock Oyster Culture Permit Allows private dock or pier owners to attach oyster cultivation containers. Weekend Trawling for Live Shrimp Permit To permit and identify fishermen taking live shrimp for bait with trawls, from areas open to the harvest of shrimp with trawls, from Friday 9:00 p.m. through Saturday 12:00 p.m. (noon).