The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission was to consider recommendations for changes to eligibility requirements for commercial fishing licenses at its February meeting. The changes, drafted by the commission’s Standard Commercial Fishing License Criteria Committee, would require license holders to demonstrate at least 50% of their income comes from documented commercial fishing trips and that they make at least 36 trips a year. Furthermore, any crew members working for a licensed commercial fisher will have to verify at least $10,000 of their annual income is generated in the commercial fishing business. If somebody holds a license but doesn’t fish, he will compete on a par with new applicants for a renewal in the state’s lottery for a limited number of licenses. The changes are supported by the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina, which is trying to “reduce stress” on sea life by preventing people from using commercial licenses for personal use or recreational purposes. Passage of the measures, which commercial fishermen find invasive and randomly restrictive, would require legislative action.