Coastal NH - Marine Resources
SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENT
All persons age 16 and older recreationally fishing in coastal and estuarine waters of the state must purchase a NH Saltwater Recreational Fishing License. This includes anglers, spearfishers and persons using other gear types who wish to take, possess, or transport marine finfish for personal use and which are not sold.
Recent Coastal News
- Northern Shrimp Public Hearing/Season-setting Meeting December 7, 2015
- Commercial Marine Licensing Events: December 16, 2015, and January 13, 2016
- Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster Funds-Bin 3
- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is holding an informational meeting on December 15 in Portsmouth for the public to discuss a proposed Final Spending Plan for the third installment (Bin 3) of Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster funds to New Hampshire’s groundfish industry. Learn more about the public meeting.
- The Presentation on the proposed Final Spending Plan will be posted on this page during the week of December 7, 2015, for the public to review prior to the meeting on December 15.
- The following link is the Presentation of the Initial Draft Spending Plan for the Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster Bin 3 funds presented at the October 14 public informational meeting. Spending Plan
- Atlantic Herring Closure for Area 1A
- New Recreational Angling Rules for Cod and Haddock
- Virgin Oyster Company Application (Revised)
Marine Permit and License Applications
Found a lobster with a white tag?
- Get information on NH Fish and Game's Lobster Tagging Program
Places to Visit
Waters within 3 miles of New Hampshire's coast provide essential habitat for many species. Organisms that use inshore and estuarine waters for spawning and nursery habitat include smelt, American shad, blueback herring, alewives and winter flounder. Coastal migratory fish such as striped bass, mackerel and bluefish frequent New Hampshire waters to feed on the abundant forage species. Shellfish common to inshore waters include oysters, softshell clams and blue mussels. Other important commercially and recreationally harvested species found in New Hampshire include Atlantic cod, haddock, pollock and lobsters. We also have marine mammals such as harbor seals and various whale species. Read about Saltwater Fish Species in NH.