Commercial Saltwater Fishing

Commercial Saltwater Fishing License Pricing

Type of License Resident Price Nonresident Price
Bait Dealer $25.00 $125.00
Cast Net $10.00 $50.00
Channel Net * $250.00 not available
Charter Vessel 6 Or Less Passengers $150.00 $150.00
Charter Vessel 7-49 Passengers $250.00 $250.00
Charter Vessel 50 Or + Passengers $350.00 $350.00
Commercial Freshwater $50.00 $1,000.00
Commercial Saltwater $25.00 $300.00
Commercial Shrimp Seine $10.00 $50.00
Crab Traps 1st 50 Traps $25.00 $125.00
Crab Traps Each Additional Trap $1.00 $5.00
Drag Dredge $75.00 $375.00
Elver/Fyke Net * per net $10.00 $50.00
Gig $10.00 $50.00
Gill Net Not For Shad And Herring per 100' $10.00 $50.00
Hand Held Equipment no charge $0.00 no charge $0.00
Haul Seine per 100' $10.00 $50.00
Herring Net per 100yds $10.00 $50.00
Hook And Line $10.00 $50.00
Mechanical Equipment $125.00 $625.00
Minnow Traps $25.00 $125.00
Misc. Traps 1st 50 Traps $25.00 $125.00
Misc. Traps Each Additional Trap $1.00 $5.00
Other Equipment-Dip Net * $10.00 $50.00
Peeler Crab Dealer (Wholesale Req) $75.00 $375.00
Pier Greater Than 100 Ft $350.00 not available
Pier Less Than Or Equal To 100 Ft $150.00 not available
Shad Net per 100yds $10.00 $50.00
Shellfish Dealer (Wholesale Req) $10.00 $50.00
State Shellfish Grounds $75.00 $375.00
Trawler $125.00 $300.00
Trotline $10.00 $50.00
Wholesale Dealer $100.00 $500.00

* Licenses with the asterick are limited entry fisheries

Commercial Saltwater Fishing Laws

Summary of Laws for Fiscal Year 2014-2015
Channel Nets (PDF)
Charter Vessel Permits (PDF)
Commercial Mudminnow Fishing (PDF)
Crab Traps/Pots (PDF)
Seine and Gill Nets (PDF)
Herring (PDF)
Public Fishing Pier (PDF)
Other Equipment/Trotlines and Information on Horseshoe Crabs (PDF)
Shellfish (PDF)
Trawling (PDF)
Wholesale and Bait Dealers (PDF)

Note: The above documents are summaries of the laws; the actual laws can be found in the SC Code of Laws, Title 50.

Commercial Saltwater Fishing Applications

The applicant's signature is required for all commercial saltwater licenses. Proof of residency is required for all resident commercial saltwater licenses.

Applications
Commercial Saltwater License (PDF)
Saltwater Charter (PDF)
Shad or Herring Application (PDF)
Wholesale Seafood Dealer and Bait Dealer (PDF)

DNR Point of Sale Agents for Commercial Licenses Information


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