In 2016, ten bucks will get you a few gallons of milk, a meal at an inexpensive restaurant, or maybe, if you drive an efficient car, half a tank of gas.
In South Carolina, ten bucks can also get you access to 200 miles of Atlantic coastline, thousands of miles of tidal creeks, bushels of oysters, crabs, and shrimp, the thrill of landing a big game fish, and the satisfaction of catching your own dinner.
A recreational saltwater fishing license costs $10 for South Carolina residents and is required for fishing, shrimping, crabbing, and shellfishing in saltwater (with some exceptions).
Even if a rod and reel aren’t your thing, there are good reasons to consider buying a saltwater fishing license – because the money you spend on a license goes directly toward the stewardship of South Carolina’s coastal resources.
Saltwater fishing license money funds oyster reef restoration, education programs for South Carolina students, and research to keep blue crab and shrimp populations healthy, in addition to many projects that benefit fish populations and anglers.
Learn more about where your $10 goes by checking out the infographic below. If you’d like to purchase or renew a license, go here.
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