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Director’s Message

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing

See You on the Coast!

As a longtime seacoast resident, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our digest of regulations for saltwater fishing on New Hampshire’s seacoast. Our coastal anglers can experience sport fishing at its finest: targeting striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, flounder, tuna, haddock and more. As ocean temperatures warm, we’re also seeing some black sea bass.

Our Marine Fisheries Division, based in Durham, manages New Hampshire’s estuarine and saltwater species, including fish, lobsters, clams and oysters. Biologists work closely with other state and federal agencies to protect and maintain marine resources and habitats for both recreational and commercial fisheries. These efforts are essential to rebuilding groundfish stocks, enhancing related habitat and maintaining healthy populations of species such as Atlantic herring, striped bass and lobsters in the New England region.

With the 2016 license year, the cost of some New Hampshire fishing licenses and permits has gone up. These moderate increases were necessary to avoid making significant cutbacks in Department services. Note that the recreational saltwater fishing license fee has not changed.

Recreational saltwater anglers can help Fish and Game monitor coastal species. If you encounter Fish and Game’s trained survey staff at one of the many saltwater fishing access sites along New Hampshire’s seacoast or on the ice in the winter, I encourage you to take a few minutes to speak with them and participate in the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey or Winter Smelt Survey. Fish and Game also invites striped bass anglers to report catch and effort online. Find out about these and other survey efforts involving the public at

See you on the coast!

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

N.H. Fish and Game Department

N.H. Fish and Game — Our Mission

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.