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2008 NC FISHING REGULATIONS

*IMPORTANT* please check with the Division of Marine Fisheries for the most current minimum lengths and creel limits call, 252-726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632. For inland water limits, call Wildlife Resource Commission 919-733-3633 or www.ncwildlife.org.

TOTAL LENGTH (TL) is measured from tip of snout with mouth closed to top of compressed tail. FORK LENGTH (FL) is measure from tip of snout to middle of fork in tail. LOWER JAW FORK LENGTH (LJFL) is measured from lower jaw to middle of fork in tail. CURVED FORK LENGTH (CFL) is the measurement of the length taken in a line tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the upper jaw to the fork of the tail. Anglers cannot catch both a federal and state bag limit for the same species on the same trip.

PROHIBITED FINFISH SPECIES

COASTAL WATERS (Internal Waters & Atlantic Ocean 3 Miles Out): Sharks; (whale, basking, white, sand tiger, bigeye sand tiger, Atlantic angel shark, bigeye sixgill, bigeye thresher, bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, dusky, Galapogos, longfin mako, narrowtooth, night, sevengill, sixgill, and smalltail), sturgeon, Nassau grouper, goliath grouper (jewfish), and spearfish

EEZ (Atlantic Ocean More Than 3 Miles): Sharks; (whale, basking, white, sand tiger, bigeye sand tiger, Atlantic angel shark, bigeye sixgill, bigeye thresher, bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, dusky, Galapogos, longfin mako, narrowtooth, night, sevengill, sixgill, and smalltail) red drum, striped bass, sturgeon, Nassau grouper, Goliath grouper (jewfish), and spearfish.

Shellfish

Minimum Length

Bag Limits (per person)

Blue Crab (N)

5” Carapace Width (Minimum) 6¾” Carapace Width (Maximum) (G)

50 Crabs / Day Not to Exceed 100 Crabs/ Vessel/Day

Hard Clam

1” Think

100 Clams / Day Not to Exceed 200 Clams / Vessel /Day

Oyster (O)

3” Shell Length

1 Bushel/Day Not to Exceed 2 Bushels/ Vessel/Day

Bay Scallop

UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

Conchs & Whelks

10/Day Not to Exceed 20/ Vessel/Day

Mussels

100/Day Not to Exceed 200/Vessel/Day

Shrimp (Cast Net Only)

Closed Shrimping Area- 100 Shrimp/Person/Day Open Shrimping Area - Unlimited

STATE COASTAL AND EEZ WATERS (INTERNAL & 0-200 MILES)

These regulations are for general information purposes and have no legal force or effect. Fishery rules are subject to change. For the latest state regulations go to WWW.NCDMF.NET/RECREATIONAL/RECGUIDE.HTM.

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