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
- NH Hearing July 7, 2015, on Draft Jonah Crab Plan
- Public Information Meeting on Additional Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster Funds - June 30, 2015
- Public Hearings on Proposed Marine Aquaculture License Amendments
- Public Hearing on Proposed Marine Aquaculture License Amendment
- Atlantic Herring Landing Days Announced
- New Recreational Angling Rules for Cod and Haddock Effective May 1
- See a presentation about the Atlantic Fisheries Disaster Distribution Plan
- NH Marine Rule Changes for 2015
Marine Permit and License Applications
Places to Visit
Found a lobster with a white tag?
- Get information on NH Fish and Game's Lobster Tagging Program
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.