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Marine Fisheries


Information on Blue Crab FMP Amendment 3

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission selected its preferred management strategies for draft Amendment 3 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan at their November 2019 business meeting. The next step is for the Department of Environmental Quality Secretary and legislature to review the draft plan. Final adoption of Amendment 3 is scheduled to occur in February 2020.

The most recent North Carolina stock assessment for blue crab determined the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring. Reductions in the harvest of blue crab are required by state law to achieve sustainable harvest, end overfishing within two years, and recover the stock from an overfished condition within a 10-year period. Management measures to meet these requirements have been developed as well as additional blue crab stock and habitat protection measures.

News Release
(Nov. 19, 2019)
Draft Blue Crab FMP Amendment 3
(Nov. 2019)
Draft Blue Crab FMP Amendment 3 Executive Summary
(Nov. 2019)
Draft Blue Crab FMP Amendment 3 Summary Memo and Table (Oct. 25, 2019)
Draft Blue Crab FMP Amendment 3 Presentation
(Nov. 2019)
Stock Assessment of the North Carolina Blue Crab 1995-2016 (March 2018)
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