FY 2018 Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Report


Every time an angler buys a saltwater fishing license, they’re investing in the health of South Carolina’s coastal fisheries.

That’s because the majority of dollars spent on saltwater fishing licenses pass through the South Carolina Recreational Fisheries License Program to support saltwater fisheries research, management, and outreach activities at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Since 1992, the revenue for this program has come from saltwater annual, temporary, three-year charterboat, and pier licenses.

During the 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, also called FY 2018), 218,429 citizens and visitors purchased saltwater fishing licenses, generating $2,685,233.

These funds supported nine different projects spanning the coast and including everything from cutting-edge genetic science, oyster reef mapping by drone, and fishing tournaments for young anglers. Below are some highlights from the most recent year.

FY 2018 Highlights

Artificial Reefs

Inshore Fisheries Monitoring and Research

Stock Enhancement


Recreational Fisheries Survey

Oyster Shell Recyling, Research, and Management

Blue Crab and Shrimp Research

Marine Outreach and Education

The FY 2018 Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Report is provided in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Adobe Reader is required to open these files and is available as a free download from the Adobe website.