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Marine Fisheries

Commercial Fishing

Introduction to Commercial Fishing in North Carolina

The commercial fishing industry in North Carolina is a traditional maritime industry that began in the early 18th century. Not only does commercial fishing bring fresh, local, seafood to market — it is a way of life and a mainstay of the coastal economy.

Commercial Fishing Information

License Information
Details and requirements for all DMF commercial licenses and permits
License sales locations

Trip Ticket Program
Overview of N.C. Trip Ticket program

Maps and Charts
Maps: designated crab pot areas, nursery areas,coastal-joint-inland waters, shrimp trawling, etc.
(See also: map listings box on our homepage; scroll to bottom)

Protected and Endangered Species —
Guidelines and Facts

Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs)
Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs)
Marine Fisheries Observer Progarm
Sea Turtles
Sturgeon
Marine Mammals

Time, Weather and Tides

Sunrise/Sunset Times
January-June
July-December

Maritime Weather Forecasts

Tide Tables
NOAA Tides and Currents — Overall Information
NOAA Tide Predictions — Tables for N.C. Coast
Tides for N.C. locations

Fish Information, Statistics and Reports

Bluefin and Billfish
Highly Migratory Species: Permits, size limits and measurements
Commercial Harvest Statistics
Harvest statistics, query tool, weekly quota report, annual report and more
Tagged Fish
Report a tagged fish and become eligible for a reward
Fisheries Dispute Mediation
Process overview and contact information
Fisheries Statistics
Recreational and commercial landings data

N.C. Seafood Directory
N.C. Dept. of Agriculture listing of seafood resources

Fish Identification
Identify saltwater fish found in N.C. waters
Vibrio Vulnificus
The facts about Vibrio

Rules, Regulations, News and Meetings

Meeting Notices
Public Meetings/Hearings
Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings
News Releases
News releases from DMF and other sources

MFC Members
N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Members

Proclamations
Changes to regulations, season openings and closures issued by DMF
Fisheries Rules and Regulations Polluted Area Proclamations
All polluted area proclamations issued by DMF

The N.C. Register
Subscribe to N.C. Register updates via email

Email Subscriptions
Subscribe to news releases and proclamations

Federal, State and Regional Links
Federal and regional fisheries links (NMFS, ASMFC)

Documents to Read, View and Print
Alerts, bulletins, maps and more

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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