New license plate features red drum
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for a newly-approved North Carolina license plate that pays homage to the state’s saltwater fish. The red drum was officially adopted as North Carolina’s state saltwater fish in 1971.
The plate features an illustration of a red drum against a background of sea grass.
The cost is $30 for a regular plate or $60 for a personalized plate per year in addition to the regular license plate fee.
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Download an application for the red drum plates at portal.ncdenr.org. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will not issue the red drum license plate until 500 applications are received.
Revenue from the sale of red drum plates is earmarked to fund public access to and habitat protection of red drum waters.
Sometimes called channel bass, spottail bass, red fish and puppy drum, red drum is an important species to both recreational and commercial fishermen in North Carolina. Since red drum use a variety of estuarine and oceanic habitats throughout their life cycles, habitat protection is important to maintaining and enhancing the red drum population.
The red drum tag is the twin of a new native brook trout license plate that features the state’s freshwater fish. To apply for native brook trout plates, see the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/NativeBrookTroutLicensePlate.aspx.
Both plates were designed by Jon Jicha, a professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design.