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.
EXPLANATION OF SYMBOLS
Albemarle Sound Management Area: contact DMF for seasons, areas or other limits; Atlantic Ocean year-round: 2 per person per day at 28” TL minimum; Other coastal areas (excluding Inland Waters-regulations set by Wildlife Resources Commission) year-round: 3 per person per day at 18” TL minimum. 2 per person per day at 18” TL minimum and unlawful to possess between 22” – 27” TL in Joint waters effective July 1, 2008. Moratorium in Cape Fear River system effective July 1, 2008. (More information about striped bass areas.)
Charter vessel (licensed by Coast Guard and holding NMFS Charter Vessel Coastal Migratory Pelagic Permit) limit of 60/trip
Open season through December 31, 2007.
Unlawful to possess red drum greater than 27 inches total length.
Unlawful to gig, spear, or gaff red drum.
North of Cape Hatteras Scup recreational season is September 18 – November 30 in the EEZ.
See prohibited species list above; Legal sharks include: sandbar, silky, tiger, blacktip, spinner, lemon, bull, nurse, smooth and scalloped and great hammerhead, blacknose, finetooth, bonnethead, shortfin mako, blue, thresher, porbeagle, and oceanic whitetip. One (1) Atlantic sharpnose (no minimum size) and one bonnethead (no minimum size) per person per day may be landed in addition to allowable bag limits for other sharks.
Mature female crabs are exempt from minimum size. Maximum size is effective September through April and applies to mature females only.
In state or federal waters, federal permit required for Highly Migratory Species, excluding Atlantic bonito, little tunny (albacore), and blackfin tuna:
281-9370 or hmspermits.noaa.gov. Prior to removal from vessel, all billfishes, swordfish and bluefin tuna must be reported at NC HMS reporting stations. DMF website for more details.