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New rules on fishing licenses

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Beginning Oct. 1, coastal recreational fishermen can lose their fishing licenses for violating fishing rules.
Recreational fishermen will fall under the same license suspension, revocation and reissuance schedule as commercial fishermen, and that schedule will change Oct. 1, as well.
“Fishermen will face longer license suspensions for most violations,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. “However, non-resource-related violations will no longer count against suspension or revocation of a license.”
Twenty-four violations are considered non-resource violations, which include improperly marked buoys or failure to notify the division of a change of address.
The Coastal Recreational Fishing License went into effect in January 2007, but there were no laws pertaining to losing that license for violating fishing rules. Then in 2010, the N.C. General Assembly passed a law directing the Marine Fisheries Commission to adopt such rules. The new law also authorized the commission to modify the existing suspension and revocation schedule.
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission adopted these rules at its November 2011 meeting, following a public comment period. Suspension and revocation schedule (within 3-year-period), effective Oct. 1: two convictions is a 30-day suspension; three convictions is 90-day suspension; four or more convictions is revocation (eligible to apply for reinstatement after one year).