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Headed to the Beach? Don’t Forget Your Fishing License

Photo of man fishing off a pier on the coast of North Carolina.Anglers headed to the beach should go online to purchase their NC Coastal Recreational Fishing License to avoid potentially long lines at bait and tackle shops, sporting goods stores and other wildlife service agent locations.

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 to transport their catch back to shore.

You also can purchase a coastal recreational fishing license by:

Calling the NC Wildlife Resources Commission at 888-248-6834, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, visiting a Wildlife Service Agent, or visiting a Division of Marine Fisheries office located along the coast.