Amended fisheries rule on shellfish leases in effect

Published 7:24 am Wednesday, July 20, 2022

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One newly amended marine fisheries rule was effective July 1. The change clarifies definitions and formalizes procedures for transferring ownership or subleasing of a shellfish lease.

As amended, 15A NCAC 03O .0209 (Assignment of Shellfish Leases and Franchises) defines a transfer as a permanent assignment of a shellfish lease or franchise and it defines a sublease as a temporary assignment.

Other changes to the rule clarify the required information that must be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to provide notice of a change in assignment.

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The remaining changes to the rule are minor in nature to make word usage consistent across all rules.

The rule was amended and readopted in accordance with a state-mandated periodic review schedule.

Complete text of the rule can be found in the July 1, 2022 supplement to North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules at