MRC Licensing and Permit Information
In general, most activities associated with utilization of marine
resources require licenses or special permits. Our agency
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page
often has quick answers to many questions, but if you have a more in depth
question about licensing or permitting try using the following links to find out
where a license or permit is required, how to obtain a license or permit,
license sales information, MRC staff contact information for specific types of
licenses or permits, and the restrictions associated with certain activities.
Commercial Fishing Licensing, Permits and Registration
Fisheries License List and Fees
- list of
licenses and associated fees along with what type of license agent sells the
Fisheries Permits and/or Limited Entry
- description of permit requirements and application procedures. Description of
limited entry fisheries. Staff contacts for specific fishery permits.
- this web page is managed by the Commission's shellfish
Conservation and Replenishment Department, and has several links to web
resources related to shellfish licensing, permitting, aquaculture and
harvesting.Fisheries Licensing Agents
- list of
MRC agents and agency offices where commercial fishing, charter/guide licenses,
and other miscellaneous license sold by MRC license agents can be obtained.
Note that recreational saltwater licenses are sold by DGIF agents or in the DGIF
online system, visit this web page to learn more on how to obtain your
recreational saltwater license.
Fixed Fishing Devices (FFD) Licensing
- licensing information related to pound, staked gill, fyke nets and crab traps.
Quota, License, Shellfish Lease Sales - a web page leading to listings of
individuals interested in buying or selling commercial licenses, quota, or
Recreational Fishing Licensing, Permits and Registration
Recreational Fishing License Requirements - specifics on recreational
license, this page also links to the online recreational saltwater license sales
site, and for unlicensed anglers requiring a Fisherman Information Program (FIP)
registration, there is a link to the online FIP registration site.
FIP Registration - information on FIP Registration for unlicensed anglers.
Recreational Species Permits - for selected species like trophy striped
bass, grouper, tilefish and cobia a no cost permit may be needed by an angler in
addition to their regular paid license. Use the web link to the left to
obtain your free permit. Note that these permits may only be available
during the time of year a specific recreational fishery is occuring.
Recreational Crabbing and Non-Hook and Line Fishing Regulations - rules for recreational fishing or crabbing by means other than hook and line.
License Sales Information
Use Licenses for Limited Commercial Gear
Recreational H&L, Charter, Pier,
and Rental Boat
Habitat Permits - description of permit
requirements for projects associated with tidal wetlands, sand
dunes, and subaqueous bottoms.
Permit Territory Assignments - map of state with MRC staff assigments for