As a model fisheries management agency,
the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries:
Ensures healthy, sustainable marine and estuarine fisheries and habitats through management decisions based on sound data and objective analyses.
Monitors and evaluates coastal waters for the safe harvest of molluscan shellfish and recreational uses to safeguard the public health of shellfish consumers and recreational bathers.
Provides excellent public service by motivated employees in an open and healthy working environment.
Views public participation as essential for successful management of North Carolina’s fisheries resources.
Enforces Marine Fisheries statutes and rules fairly and consistently