Originally Posted by Hudson Force
When reading the description of the vessels that are subject to the fee on page 7, notice that engaged in fishing
is not a factor. The fee is applied to vessels over 24 feet that are "operated" in the coastal fishing
waters of North Carolina
Note that section 1 refers to G.S. 75a-4. There is a list of exemptions from the numbering requirement. These include foreign vessels and vessels registered in other states in NC for less than 90 days.
section 2 nails you if you are fishing. Except it would seem foreign vessels as they are not federally documented or registered in other states. NC does require a coastal fishing license
, so if you fish
from your 24ft+ boat you get nailed.
(b) Coastal Waterways User Identification Number Required. – All of the following
7 vessels are required to be numbered with a Coastal Waterways User Identification Number
8 issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission:
9 (1) A vessel required to be numbered pursuant to G.S. 75A-4 that is 24 feet or
10 more in length and that is operated in the coastal fishing waters of the State.
11 (2) A vessel that (i) is numbered in accordance with applicable federal law or in
12 accordance with a federally approved numbering system of another state, (ii)
13 is 24 feet or more in length, and (iii) is used to engage in commercial
14 recreational fishing in the coastal fishing waters of the State under any of the
15 following fishing licenses:
16 a. A Standard Commercial Fishing License
issued pursuant to
17 G.S. 113-168.2.
18 b. A Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License issued pursuant to
19 G.S. 113-168.3.
20 c. A Shellfish License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-169.2.
21 d. A Recreational Commercial Gear
License issued pursuant to
22 G.S. 113-173.
23 e. A Coastal Recreational Fishing License issued pursuant to
24 G.S. 113-174.2 or G.S. 113-351.
25 f. A For-Hire License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-174.3.