View NOAA Fisheries' Shark Identification Placard

North Carolina is home to a variety of different shark species. Shark identification can be difficult, especially when trying to identify juveniles. To learn more about how to tell which species of shark you have caught, view the Shark Identification Placard produced by NOAA Fisheries. Also see NOAA Fisheries' Prohibited Shark Placard.

N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament

Award given for the live release of fish, 80 inches or longer.

Apply for a release citation online


Persons engaged in recreational fishing in North Carolina coastal waters are required to possess a Coastal Recreational Fishing License in accordance with G.S. 113-174.2.

Current Proclamations

Recreational Size and Bag Limits

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