Licenses, Permits, and Leases


The Division of Marine Fisheries issues licenses, permits, and leases pertaining to coastal fishing in North Carolina waters. The License and Statistics section administers fishing licenses and permits, including the Coastal Recreational Fishing License and the Standard Commercial Fishing License. The Habitat and Enhancement section administers the state's Shellfish Lease and Franchise Program for the purpose of shellfish cultivation and issues permits authorizing the various aquauculture-related activities that occur along the North Carolina coast.