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Recreational Saltwater Fishing License

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing

What Rhode Island Anglers Need to Know

In order to fish recreationally in Rhode Island marine waters, and in offshore federal waters, anglers and spearfishers must have a RI Recreational Saltwater Fishing License, OR a Federal Registration, OR a license from a reciprocal state.

Overview

The Marine Recreational Information Program, or MRIP, is a comprehensive new nationwide data collection and reporting system being implemented by NOAA Fisheries. All RI license information, as well as that collected by NMFS and other states, will be incorporated into a national registry of recreational anglers, enabling the new MRIP program to readily survey current fishermen and more accurately assess recreational catch and effort data. That information will lead to improved state-based assessments and more fair, accurate, and effective management programs for Rhode Island’s marine recreational fisheries.

Reciprocal States

Rhode Island residents may use their RI Recreational Saltwater Fishing License to fish in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Saltwater Recreational Fishing License holders from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine need not obtain a RI Saltwater Recreational Fishing License if they posses a valid license from on of the states listed above.

Please refer to Lobster/Crab Regulations and Shellfish Regulations for information on lobster, shellfish, and other recreational licenses.

 

Recreational Saltwater Fishing License

License Type

Fee

RI residents (annually)

$7.00

Non-residents (annually)

$10.00

7-Day license

$5.00

  • Available online at: www.saltwater.ri.gov
  • Also available from certain bait & tackle shops. A list of vendors can be found on the recreational license webpage.
  • Applies in all RI waters, all offshore federal waters, and in all neighboring state waters for finfish and squid.
  • Free for RI residents over 65 and for active military stationed in RI.
  • No license needed for children under 16, nor for anglers on party & charter boats. See website for additional exemptions.