The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is taking applications for new North Carolina red drum license plates. The new plates will feature an illustration of a red drum against a background of sea grass.
The top of the plate reads, "RED DRUM" and the bottom reads "NORTH CAROLINA." Red Drum was officially adopted as North Carolina’s state saltwater fish in 1971.
The red drum tag is the twin of a new native brook trout license plate that features the state’s freshwater fish. The two license plates were the brainchild of Jon Jicha, a professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design.
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.
source: North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries