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
- Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster Funds-Bin 3
- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is holding an information meeting on October 14th for the public to discuss a draft spend plan for the third installment (Bin 3) of Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster funds to New Hampshire’s groundfish industry. Public Notice
- The Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster Bin 3 funds draft Spend Plan being presented at the October 14th public informational meeting. Spending Plan
- Description of the rational for the proposed 75% Commercial/25% For-Hire split of the Greater Atlantic Fisheries Disaster Bin 3 funds. Rationale
- Marine Rule Hearing October 6, in Portsmouth
- Public Hearings on Three Proposed Marine Aquaculture License Applications
- Atlantic Herring Landing Days Announced
- New Recreational Angling Rules for Cod and Haddock
- NH Marine Rule Changes for 2015
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.