For Immediate Release - December 19, 2011

2011 Commercial Permits Extended Through January 31, 2012

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) has extended the 2011 commercial fishing and dealer permits through January 31, 2012.  New permits will be required by February 1, 2012. Earlier this month, MarineFisheries mailed permit renewals to all permit holders with non-compliance notices where applicable. Please be advised that to receive a 2012 commercial fishing or dealer's permit,  permit holders must submit to MarineFisheries all outstanding 2011 monthly trip-level reports in advance of the renewal. Moreover, in 2013, permit holders who do not comply with 2012 reporting requirements may be subject to non-renewal and/or possible fines.