on Jun 15, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 4851
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2011) – Anglers headed to the coast for the busy July 4 week should purchase their saltwater fishing license before they leave home to avoid potential long lines at tackle and bait shops, sporting good stores and other wildlife service agent locations along the coast.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/license, is the fastest and easiest way to purchase your license. You can also purchase a license by:

  • Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week;
  • Visiting a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores.
  • Visiting one of the Division of Marine Fisheries offices located along the coast. For locations, visit the agency’s website, www.ncfisheries.net.

A Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required for anyone 16 years and older to fish recreationally in the state's coastal fishing waters, which include sounds, coastal rivers and their tributaries out to three miles into the ocean. Recreational anglers who catch fish in federal waters (from three miles to 200 miles offshore) also need this license prior to leaving the dock in North Carolina. The license is also needed to transport fish into North Carolina waters.

Prices for the CRFL vary depending on residency, age, duration and type of license purchased. For residents, the annual cost for a CRFL is $15; for a 10-day license, $5. For non-residents, the annual cost for a CRFL is $30; a 10-day license is $10.

For more information on the CRFL, including a comprehensive list of all available licenses, or to download a document of frequently asked questions, visit www.ncwildlife.org/license.