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North Carolina General Statute 150B-21.3A, adopted in 2013, requires state agencies to review existing rules every 10 years. An initial review of all state rules will be completed within five years from adoption of the statute and thereafter, rules will be reviewed on a 10-year review cycle.  Click here to access Marine Fisheries Commission rules available for public comment.
Rulebook Supplement May 1,2017
Recently amended rules of the Marine Fisheries Commission are found here.

North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules May 1, 2015
Rules of the Marine Fisheries Commission are found here along with select North Carolina general statutes and session laws.
NOTE: 2015 Rulebook is incomplete without 2017 Supplement.

Proclamations
Public notice of regulation changes

Proclamations: Polluted Areas
Shellfish habitat openings and closings

Marine Fisheries Commission Proposed Rules
Information about upcoming rule changes

Recreational Fishing Size and Catch Limits
for Sports Fishermen

"The Rec Guide"

Maps: 
Designated crab pot areas, nursery areas, coastal-joint-inland waters, shrimp trawling, etc.

Sunrise/Sunset
January - June
July - December

N.C. Administrative Code Online

N.C. General Statutes Online

N.C. Session Laws Online  

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules Incorporating a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by Reference

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

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