Federation Launches Shell Recycling Program

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Restaurant to Reef Oyster Shell Recycling program, which uses oyster shells collected from dining establishments to create new habitats for fish and shellfish, is up and running. The federation recently built its first oyster reef using only recycled oyster shells from Outer Banks restaurants, oyster roasts and volunteers, kicking off […]

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Division of Marine Fisheries’ spending plan for CARES Act relief gets federal approval

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ spending plan for federal CARES Act fisheries assistance has been approved by NOAA Fisheries. The state now awaits notification from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that the $5.4 million has been awarded. The spending plan details the state’s approach for disbursement of the funding through direct payments to […]

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Catch and Release Only For Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Roundscale Spearfish for the Rest of 2020

Based on the best available landings information, NOAA Fisheries has determined that the Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, and roundscale spearfish 250-landings limit has been met and exceeded for 2020. Under applicable regulations, only catch-and-release fishing is permitted for these species for the rest of the year. From September 30, 2020, through December 31, 2020, […]

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Division of Marine Fisheries reminds gill net fishermen of observer requirements; staff will monitor fishery from state boats due to COVID-19

The commercial flounder season opens soon, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding gill net fishermen that one of the conditions for the Estuarine Gill Net Permit (EGNP) is to allow division staff to observe gill net operations. In response to risks associated with COVID-19, observations will occur at a safe distance from […]

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Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen, scientists, and other interested parties to sit on various fisheries advisory committees. Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, […]

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Division of Marine Fisheries, Wildlife Resources Commission release striped bass stock reports

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this week released two recently completed striped bass assessment reports. The Albemarle Sound-Roanoke River benchmark assessment and the Central Southern Management Area Stock Report are posted also on the Division of Marine Fisheries‘ website. These reports represent a joint effort between the two agencies, and a working group […]

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