Marine Fisheries Commercial License Fees

Rhode Island "residents" need no license to engage in recreational shellfishing.

A "resident" is defined as "an individual who has had his or her actual place of residence and has lived in the State of Rhode Island for a continuous period of not less than six (6) months." RIGL § 20-1-3.

Every Vessel engaged in Commercial Fishing must be Declared
Vessel Declaration $25.00 for the first 25 ft.; plus $.50 per foot for each whole foot over 25 ft. Resident
$50.00 for the first 25 ft., plus $1.50 for each whole foot over 25 ft Non-Resident
$15.00 in combination with above decal Boat Plate - Resident only
RESIDENT (Renewals)
Commercial
Multi-purpose
Multi-purpose $300
Gillnet endorsement $20
Fish trap endorsement $20 per site
Mid Water - Pair Trawl Endorsement $20
Purse Seine Endorsement $20
Dockside endorsement
(sell live lobsters/crabs dockside)
$25
Paper Logbook Endorsement $25
Lobster Principal Effort License $150
w/ Lobster Endorsement (full gear level 800 pot limit) no fee
w/ non-Lobster Crustacean Endorsement $75
w/ Softshell Clam Endorsement $75
w/ Shellfish Other Endorsement $75
w/ non-Restricted Finfish Endorsement $75
Dockside endorsement
(sell live lobsters/crabs dockside)
$25
Paper Logbook Endorsement $25
Recreational Pot (5-pot limit) $40
Recreational Diving (8 lobsters/day limit) $40
Commercial Shellfish Principal Effort License $150
w/ Quahaug Endorsement no fee
w/ Softshell Clam Endorsement $75
w/ Shellfish Other Endorsement $75
w/ non-Lobster Crustacean Endorsement $75
w/ non-Restricted Finfish Endorsement $75
Paper Logbook Endorsement $25
Student between 17 and 23 years of age
(limited harvest)
$50
Age 65 and older (limited harvest) $0
Commercial Finfish Principal Effort License $150
w/ Restricted Finfish Endorsement
scup, summer flounder, black sea bass, tautog, striped bass, & winter flounder
no fee
w/ non-Restricted Finfish Endorsement $75
w/ non-Lobster Crustacean Endorsement $75
w/ Softshell Clam Endorsement $75
w/ Shellfish Other Endorsement $75
Mid Water - Pair Trawl Endorsement $20
Purse Seine Endorsement $20
Paper Logbook Endorsement $25
RESIDENT
Commercial Fishing
Application Form
Entry Level Effort $50
w/ non-Lobster Crustacean Endorsement $25
w/ Softshell Clam Endorsement $25
w/ Shellfish Other Endorsement $25
w/ non-Restricted Finfish Endorsement $25
w/ Lobster Endorsement $25
Paper Logbook Endorsement $25
RESIDENT Landing License
Commercial Landing Resident Landing Permit $200
DEALER
  Lobster Dealer $200
Finfish Dealer $200
Shellfish Dealer $200
Multi-purpose Dealer $300
NON-RESIDENT (Renewals)
Commercial Finfish Principal Effort License $400
with/ restricted finfish endorsement
scup, summer flounder, black sea bass, tautog, striped bass, & winter flounder
no fee
w/ non-restricted finfish endorsement $100
Paper Logbook Endorsement $25
Shellfish (recreational) license year (full season) $200
Tourist (14-day) $11
Property owner (season) $25
Commercial Landing Non-Resident Landing Permit $400
Non-Resident Landing Permit with Restricted Finfish
renewals require history
$400
NON-RESIDENT (with home state reciprocity)
Commercial Fishing
Application Form
Entry Level Effort $150
w/ non-restricted finfish endorsement $50
Paper Logbook Endorsement $25
Commercial Landing Non-Resident Landing Permit $400