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North Carolina Fishing Regulations

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Keeping up to date with the latest North Carolina fishing regulations is not only important, it's your responsibility. Every year there are numerous changes to the regulations that govern saltwater fishing. These regulations were created solely to protect what we all love, our state's great fish populations and habitat. Minimum and maximum catch sizes and catch limits should be not only obeyed, but respected. They are maintained and enforced by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF), one of the most under-appreciated groups in state government. Everyday these dedicated folks work tirelessly to ensure that your grand children will be able to enjoy our coasts as you do today.

The following information on NC regulations not only covers fishing laws from the NCDMF, but also boating requirements from the US Coast Guard. Make sure to refresh your memory on the latest boating regulations as well; keeping up to date will make sure that you stay both safe and legal.


NC Division of Marine Fisheries

All Size and Catch Limits from the NCDMF
Current NC Recreational Coastal Waters Guide for Sports Fishermen
View Chart on NCDMF Website

Information on the New North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL)
CRFL License Details
CRFL License Types and Prices
CRFL License FAQ
Purchase a CRFL online from the NC Wildlife Resource Commission

National Marine Fisheries Service Bluefin Tuna Permits
Bluefin Tuna Permit Details
Purchase a Bluefin Tuna Permit online from the NMFS

Boating and Waterway Regulations from the NC Wildlife Resource Commission
Current Requirements

Useful Safety Tips from the USCG
Office of Boating Safety




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