Managing Marine Resources

The Marine Fisheries Division of the N.H. Fish and Game Department was established by RSA 211:65. The Division is responsible for the regulation and promotion of both recreational and commercial marine fishing in the salt waters of the state. State waters include all waters within 3 miles of the coastline. The area between 3 and 200 miles of shore is under the jurisdiction of the Federal government. The Division conducts scientific investigations to monitor marine resources and habitat as well as the harvest of fishery resources within state waters. We also work with other states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, as well as the New England Fisheries Management Council, to manage marine species throughout their range.

Marine Species in New Hampshire

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.

Coastal NH - Marine Resources

2015 NH Saltwater Fishing Digest


All persons age 16 and older recreationally fishing in coastal and estuarine waters of the state must purchase a N.H. 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. Click here for more info.

Found a lobster with a white tag? Click here for information on New Hampshire Fish and Game's Lobster Tagging Program.

Recent Coastal News

More saltwater, commercial fishing, coastal news and updates

Recreational Saltwater Fishing

N.H. Saltwater Recreational Fishing License


Striper Anglers - Report your catch online!

Coastal boating & shore fishing access sites

NOAA Marine weather forecast

Coastal Webcams -

Tide Charts -

Charter and Party Boats licensed in NH

Coastal anglers - click here for lots more fishing information

Commercial Saltwater Fishing

NH Saltwater Fishing Digest

More on commercial fishing - including lobster reporting programs and advisories

Marine Permit and License Applications

Licenses available for online purchase (click on link and select "Fishing/Hunting Licenses"):

Mail-in license applications

Research/Surveys and Reports
Marine Fishing Laws and Rules
Places to visit
Frequently Asked Questions - Marine Resources & Coastal Fishing

About Us
NH Fish and Game Dept.
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

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