Getting a fishing license in Maryland couldn’t be easier. Download DNR’s app on your smartphone (MD DNR), click Apply for License, and enroll. From here, you can register any catches, post photos, and check for regulations updates. Simple, quick, and at the palm of your hand, DNR’s app is the easiest way to get your Maryland fishing license. Or, you can apply for a license through Maryland DNR’s website .
The Highly Migratory Species Division (HMS) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) manages Atlantic highly migratory species including Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish, billfish (blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish and longbill spearfish) and Atlantic swordfish to ensure long-term, sustainable fisheries for these species. Owners of vessels used to fish recreationally (i.e., no sale of fish) for Atlantic HMS (billfish, swordfish, sharks and tunas) are required to obtain an HMS Angling category permit from NMFS by visiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
No private vessel recreational anglers or charterboat/headboats can fish for or keep an Atlantic bluefin tuna without first obtaining an HMS permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). All successful anglers are required to complete a Maryland bluefin Tuna Landing Card. Landing cards can be obtained from MDNR approved reporting stations; return the card(s) to one of the Maryland approved reporting stations in the Ocean City area to obtain a landing tag. This tag must be affixed to the blue fin tuna prior to its removal from the vessel. Landing cards will also be available from the MDNR Oceanside Field Station in Ocean City, MD (410) 213-1531.
For more information about the regulations, instructions, offices, and permits surrounding recreational bluefin tuna fishing, visit DNR’s Tuna Tagging page.
Visit Maryland Department of Natural Resources online for a full list of Maryland’s Fishing Regulations.
Money generated from the sale of licenses goes directly to the conservation, protection, and preservation of Maryland’s natural habitat and cherished wildlife. Maryland DNR works tirelessly to maintain a healthy population of bluefin tuna and the regulations needed to sustain fishing in Maryland. Changes in regulations, dates, and requirements vary year-to-year. Please check with DNR frequently for the most up-to-date information.