The Fisheries Management Section houses the majority of the DMF's biologists and is responsible for conducting fi sheries and gear research, resource monitoring, and collection of biological information. This work is carried out in four coastal districts, which separate the state's uniquely different fisheries. This section also administers the popular Saltwater Tournament and the Governor's Cup Conservation Billfish Tournament series. Fisheries Management Info here.
The Marine Patrol Section has officers that work in three law enforcement districts along the coast. It is their job to ensure compliance with conservation regulations and protect the state's fisheries resources. Officers also inspect seafood houses, fish dealers and restaurants that buy or sell North Carolina seafood. This mission is accomplished with boats, fixed-wing aircraft and patrol vehicles. More Marine Patrol Info here.
The Habitat Enhancement Section manages shellfish resource development, habitat enhancement by building artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries, shellfish mapping, shellfish leasing and shellfish disease work. This section additionally manages the popular Artificial Reef Program with 39 ocean sites and seven estuarine sites, North Carolina has one of the most aggressive reef programs in the country.
The Public Affairs Section is responsible for the distribution of information about Division of Marine Fisheries activities and oversees an educational outreach to user groups and the general public. Also included in this section are photography services, graphic design and the agency's web site.
The Administrative Services Section oversees personnel management for approximately 280 permanent and temporary employees and manages the DMF's annual budget. Additionally, this office is responsible for job recruitment, employee training and development, purchasing and procurement and administration of state policies, procedures and guidelines.
The Maintenance Services Section provides support for the day-to-day operations of DMF facilities, including property management, phone services, and boat and vehicle maintenance and repair.
The License and Statistics Section collects, processes, and conducts economic analyses on commercial and recreational fisheries catch statistics, and is responsible for the sale of fishing licenses and issuance of agency permits at all DMF offices. This section also administers the Marine Fisheries Commission’s license eligibility process.
The Habitat Protection Section is responsible for the development of Coastal Habitat Protection Plans to conserve and protect important marine fisheries habitat. This section is also responsible for the administration of the Public Trust/Submerged Lands Program.
The Information Technology Section manages the DMF's technology capabilities and the Fisheries Information Network, which links all DMF databases. Computer training, upgrading computer hardware and software, the Local and Wide Area Networks, the Geographic Information Systems and database management, are all part of this sections duties.