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 $275.00 $550.00
Charter Vessel 7-49 Passengers $450.00 $900.00
Charter Vessel 50 Or + Passengers $650.00 $1,300.00
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 Re) $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 Re) $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 asterisk are limited entry fisheries

Commercial Saltwater Fishing Laws

Summary of Laws for Fiscal Year 2023-2024
Channel Nets (PDF)
Charter Vessel Permits (PDF)
Commercial Mudminnow Fishing (PDF)
Crab Traps/Pots (PDF)
Eels (PDF)
Seine and Gill Nets (PDF)
Herring (PDF)
Public Fishing Pier (PDF)
Other Equipment/Trotlines and Information on Horseshoe Crabs (PDF)
Shad (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.

DNR Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States Affidavit is required prior to sale of commercial licenses. DNR Point of Sale Vendors for Commercial Licenses CANNOT process those affidavits, they must be processed by DNR personnel.

Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States
As required by S.C. Code Section 8-29-10, applicants for a commercial license or permit are required to complete an affidavit entitled "Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States" certifying that the applicant is lawfully in the United States. The affidavit MUST be completed, notarized and returned with the application. If you are a US citizen, the properly filled out affidavit is all that is required. If you are not a US citizen, you will be required to provide documentation, which is subject to verification with the Department of Homeland Security. Specific types of documentation that may be provided can be found on Page 2 of the form, under "Accepted Immigration Documents." Your application for a commercial license or permit will be returned if the affidavit and documentation is not received and notarized. If your license/permit is in a company name the owner/responsible party for the company must complete the affidavit and indicate the business information on the bottom right of the form. The affidavit only needs to be completed once if you are a U.S. Citizen 18 years of age or older, all others will be required to resubmit the affidavit each time an individual applies for a commercial license or permit from the Department.

Commercial Saltwater License (PDF)
DNR Verification of Lawful Presence (PDF)
Saltwater Charter (PDF)
Shad or Herring Application (PDF)
Wholesale Seafood Dealer and Bait Dealer (PDF)
Saltwater Fishing Pier Application (PDF)

DNR Point of Sale Agents for Commercial Licenses Information

Charleston Commercial Licensing and Permitting Office hours are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday excluding SC state holidays. New commercial license sales 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and new shellfish license/ permit sales 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

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