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North Carolina’s Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL), administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), is currently in effect. This license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis, or combined with a variety of licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC).
 
Requirements
This license allows recreational fishermen to harvest finfish for personal consumption; finfish harvested under this license cannot be sold. Fishermen using this license are held to the state’s recreational size and possession limits. This license cannot be assigned or transferred and is required for ANY type of recreational finfish harvest not included under the Recreational Commercial Gear License. Fishermen holding the CRFL are required to comply with all DMF sampling and survey programs.
 
The license is required to recreationally harvest finfish in the state’s Coastal Fishing Waters, which include sounds, coastal rivers and their tributaries, out to three miles in the ocean. Recreational anglers who catch fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3 miles – 200 miles offshore) will be required to have this license to land fish in state waters. Fishing in Joint Waters (areas managed by both the Marine Fisheries and the Wildlife Resources commissions) will require either the CRFL or a WRC inland fishing license.
 
Exemptions
Individuals under16 years of age. Individuals who purchase any of the following WRC licenses prior to Jan. 1, 2006:
  • All categories of Lifetime Sportsman licenses;
  • Lifetime Resident Comprehensive Fishing License;
  • Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Resident Sportsman;
  • Disabled Resident Sportsman;
  • Lifetime Fishing License for the Legally Blind; and
  • Adult Care Home Resident Fishing License.
Blanket Licenses
For-hire vessels and ocean fishing piers have the option to purchase a blanket license to cover their fishing patrons.
 
Waivers
A free license waiver will be available for subsistence anglers from their local Department of Social Services.
 
Sales Agents
The new license will be available from WRC license agents throughout the state and at any DMF office. The number of license agents will be increased in coastal areas.
 
Marine Resources Funds
Proceeds from the sale of this license will go into two marine resources funds managed by the state’s Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources commissions. Revenues must be used to manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate, conserve and/or enhance North Carolina’s marine resources.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Page
 
Reprinted from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Marine Fisheries, at http://www.ncfisheries.net/recreational/NCCRFL.htm on October 31, 2006
 
Where to Buy a NC Coastal Recreational Fishing License
Currituck, Dare and Hyde Counties
Fishing licenses may be purchased on-line directly from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission or by calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) Monday thru Friday between 8 am and 5 pm (Visa and MasterCard accepted) or from an approved Wildlife Service Agent. Please note the Outlet Type below. Some Agents can only sell licenses OR vessel registrations. Others can sell BOTH licenses and vessel registrations. Service Agents are presented for Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties and are subject to change.
 
Currituck County
Outlet Type Name Address
License Agent TW's Bait & Tackle
815B Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-3339
License & Vessel Agent Currituck Sports
4306 Caratoke Hwy
Barco, NC 27917
(252) 453-2480
License & Vessel Agent East Coast Home & Garden
512 Caratoke Hwy
Moyock, NC 27958
(252) 435-6999
License Agent Jones Graocery & Spply
385 Knotts Island Rd
Knotts Island, NC 27950
(252) 429-3305 
License Agent Midway Marina & Motel
157 Coinjock Development Rd
Coinjock, NC 27923 
(252) 453-3625
License Agent Old's Auto Sply
NC Hwy 168
Moyock, NC 27958
(252) 435-6366 
License Agent Stewart's Hunting Lodge
773 Bells Island Rd
Currituck, NC 27929
(252) 232-2309 
 
 Dare County
 
 Outlet Type Name  Address 
 Vessel Agent Manteo Marine 
411 S Hwy 64
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2197 
 License Agent Frisco Shppng Ctr 
53610 Hwy 12
Frisco, NC 27936
(252) 995-5366 
 License Agent K Mart 
1901 N Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-1935 
 License Agent TW's Bait & Tackle 
3864 N Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, NC 29749
(252) 453-3339 
 License Agent TW's Bait & Tackle 
3022 S Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-4807 
 License Agent WalMart 
5400 N Croatan Hwy Suite 100
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-6011 
 DMF Agent Div Marine Fisheries 
604 Harbor Rd
Wanchese, NC 27981
(252) 473-1233 
 Hyde County

 Outler Type Name  Address 
 License & Vessel Agent O'Neal's Dockside 
NC RR12
Ocracoke, NC 27960
(252) 928-1111 
 License & Vessel Agent Quarter Grill 
22 NC 45
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
(252) 926-9500 
 License & Vessel Agent RS Spencer 
3410 US Hwy 264
Englehard, NC 27824
(252) 925-9281 
 License Agent Carawans Enterprises 
510 NC Hwy 94
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
(252) 926-5861 
 License Agent Eaks Hunt & Fish Supply 
8660 Piney Woods Rd
Fairfield, NC 27826
(252) 926-5101 

Source: the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission October 31, 2006
 
 

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