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North Carolina Department of Environment Quality

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Marine Fisheries - Oysters Commercial Harvest

Marine Fisheries

North Carolina Marine Commercial
Finfish and Shellfish Harvest

Oysters (Meats)

YEAR POUNDS (WHOLE WEIGHT) VALUE ($)
1972 88,868 .
1973 103,658 .
1974 105,637 .
1975 80,308 .
1976 63,009 .
1977 69,133 .
1978 84,980 .
1979 125,792 .
1980 136,692 .
1981 104,065 .
1982 115,690 .
1983 136,958 .
1984 136,967 .
1985 103,108 .
1986 140,935 .
1987 269,487 .
1988 172,609 .
1989 100,162 .
1990 62,164 .
1991 60,310 .
1992 55,568 .
1993 42,343 .
1994 183,704 $632,634
1995 220,661 $815,070
1996 210,931 $793,123
1997 218,970 $888,963
1998 224,214 $925,559
1999 216,858 $922,910
2000 203,427 $804,212
2001 258,086 $1,068,352
2002 243,775 $991,004
2003 261,043 $1,017,887
2004 367,961 $1,551,870
2005 378,014 $1,682,646
2006 447,889 $2,234,558
2007 441,415 $2,244,626
2008 466,176 $2,039,175
2009 573,630 $2,655,463
2010 1,040,407 $5,045,127
2011 800,543 $4,486,741
2012 440,063 $2,572,073
2013 586,625 $3,353,126
2014 727,775 $4,544,236
2015 637,069 $3,911,399
2016 658,140 $4,059,849
2017 841,614 $5,590,559
2018 632,454 $3,897,568

Oysters (Bushels)

YEAR BUSHELS VALUE ($)
1972 470,112 $344,217
1973 548,351 $446,485
1974 558,821 $435,804
1975 424,831 $329,794
1976 333,315 $292,058
1977 365,714 $353,581
1978 449,544 $547,783
1979 665,439 $925,964
1980 723,099 $987,958
1981 550,502 $730,293
1982 611,998 $908,676
1983 724,509 $1,124,147
1984 724,557 $1,207,277
1985 545,439 $1,037,153
1986 745,548 $1,452,056
1987 1,425,584 $2,875,406
1988 913,100 $2,162,931
1989 529,858 $1,575,634
1990 328,850 $1,160,171
1991 319,040 $1,229,293
1992 293,956 $1,172,397
1993 223,993 $843,617
1994 34,727 .
1995 41,713 .
1996 39,874 .
1997 41,393 .
1998 42,385 .
1999 40,994 .
2000 38,455 .
2001 48,788 .
2002 46,082 .
2003 49,347 .
2004 69,558 .
2005 71,458 .
2006 84,667 .
2007 83,443 .
2008 88,124 .
2009 108,437 .
2010 196,674 .
2011 151,331 .
2012 83,188 .
2013 110,893 .
2014 137,576 .
2015 120,429 .
2016 124,412 .
2017 159,095 .
2018 119,557 .
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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