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Are you interested in taking passengers for hire aboard your fishing boat or another vessel? Here are some facts about captain's licenses that can assist you in your decision. Any person who operates a vessel that carries one or more paying passengers is required to have a valid U.S. Coast Guard captain's license, also known as a Merchant Mariner Credential. There are several grades of captain's licenses and endorsements that a person may earn depending on their experience and the activity that they want to perform.
Maine Sea Grant and Lobster Institute, "Fisheries & Tourism Fact Sheet Series: Want to Get Your Captain's License?" (2013). Maine Sea Grant Publications. 91.
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