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Marine Fisheries - Fisheries Agencies

Marine Fisheries



National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulates federal ocean waters between three miles and 200 miles from shore. Regional councils develop fishery management plans for NMFS. North Carolina sits on two.

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is a NMFS council that focuses on species primarily associated with waters south of Hatteras.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) is a NMFS council that focuses on species primarily associated with waters north of Hatteras.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is a federally mandated cooperative that coordinates fisheries management in state waters between the East Coast states.

Who to Contact About Fishing in North Carolina

WATERS STATE AGENCY STATE COMMISSION INTERSTATE /
FEDERAL AUTHORITY
Saltwater rivers, sounds, creeks and ocean out to 3 miles from shore N.C. Division of
Marine Fisheries

P.O. Box 769
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
252-726-7021
800-682-2632
portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf
N.C. Marine Fisheries
Commission

P.O. Box 769
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
252-726-7021
800-682-2632
portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf
Atlantic States Marine
Fisheries Commission

1444 Eye St., NW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
202-289-6400
asmfc.org
Freshwater lakes, rivers and creeks   N.C. Wildlife
Resources Commission

1751 Varsity Dr.
NCSU Centennial Campus
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-707-0010
ncwildlife.org
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20240
800-344-9453
fws.gov
Ocean, beyond 3 miles from shore, species predominantly caught
North of Hatteras
    Mid-Atlantic Fishery
Management Council

Suite 2115 Federal Building
300 S. New St.
Dover, DE 19904-6726
302-674-5399
mafmc.org
Ocean, beyond 3 miles from shore, species predominantly caught
South of Hatteras
    South Atlantic Fishery
Management Council

4055 Faber Place Dr.,
Suite 201
North Charleston, SC 29405
843-571-4366
safmc.net
Highly Migratory Species such as billfish, tuna and dolphin
 
    Highly Migratory Species Division - National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-713-2347
nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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