Originally created 03/09/02

Price of S.C. saltwater fishing license rising



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Saltwater fishing license fees are going up in South Carolina.

Legislators recently passed a bill increasing the annual cost for recreational saltwater licenses from $5.50 to $10 for South Carolina residents and from $5.50 to $35 for nonresidents.

The new fees, which go into effect July 1, are expected to bring in an extra $400,000 a year. All the money generated from the licenses will go to improving saltwater fishing in South Carolina, the state Department of Natural Resources says.

The bill also gives the option of a 14-day temporary license that will cost $5 for residents and $11 for nonresidents.

"No one will be impacted by the fee increase who was not impacted before," said DNR spokesman Charles Farmer. "The legislation represents a true user fee - if you use the resource, you pay the fee."

The price of a saltwater license in South Carolina had stayed the same since 1992.

Anglers need a license to fish from a private boat in saltwater or to gather oysters or clams recreationally. No license is required for people fishing from the ocean shore or for crabbing or harvesting shrimp with a net recreationally.