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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Marine Fisheries - Recreational Commercial Gear License

Marine Fisheries

Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses and Permits

A number of fishing licenses and permits are available for the saltwater angler. Don't get confused, get the latest information on these topics by following these links.

Buy a Coastal Recreational Fishing License
Purchase licenses online via the N.C. Wildlife site.
(NOTE: the N.C. Wildlife site is not part of DMF)

Maps to View and Print
Maps of COLREGS, designated crab pot areas, nursery areas, coastal-joint-inland waters, shrimp trawling, etc.
(Also see map listings box on our homepage; scroll to bottom)

License details
What licenses do you need to do what?

NMFS Highly Migratory Species permits
Planning on fishing for bluefin tuna or
swordfish? You'll need a permit for that.

License FAQ
DMF answers the most commonly-
asked questions about licensing.

Regional Offices of the DMF
Find the DMF office nearest you.

License types and fees
Find the cost of annual licenses, 10-day licenses, blanket licenses and more.
Information on Freshwater Fishing Licenses
(North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission)

Coastal Recreational Fishing License Exemption

Recreational Fishing Tournament License

Recreational Commercial Gear License
Purchase this license if you plan to harvest seafood for personal consumption using commercial fishing gear.

Gill Nets

Pots

Trawls:
Shrimp and Skimmer

Shrimp Pound

Trotlines

Seines

Buoy Requirements

Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) Reports

License Sales Reports
Read sales reports of CRFL licenses and semi- annual reports of CRFL projects

CRFL Programs, Reports and Applications

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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