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Do I have to get a license to get less than 2 bushels of clams, oysters or crabs?

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Two or more people shellfishing on a boat can collect up to 2 bushels of oysters and 200 clams. (StarNews file photo)

According to licensing clerk Cristy Giddens in the Wilmington office of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Division, anyone can harvest up to 1 bushel of oysters or 100 clams for their own personal use without a license. Two or more people shellfishing on a boat can collect up to 2 bushels of oysters and 200 clams.

Crabbing requires a recreational commercial license unless the person is using his or her own dock.

Commercial shellfishing licenses for larger amounts are sold to owners of fish markets.

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