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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.

EXPLANATION OF SYMBOLS CONT.

  • I)

    Reef complex species: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, longspine porgy, sheepshead, gray triggerfish, queen triggerfish, yellow jack, crevalle jacks, bar jack, almaco jack, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, white grunt, margates, spadefish, scup, and hogfish, 20 per person per day in combination.

  • J)

    For seasons, bag limits, size limits or closures for tunas, billfishes, and sharks contact NMFS Highly Migratory Species Division (1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov or www.nmfs.noaa.gov). For snapper, grouper, and mackerels contact the South Atlantic Council (1-843-571-4366 or www.safmc.net).

  • (K)

    Groupers in the management unit include: red, yellowfin, yellowmouth, black warsaw, snowy, yellowedge, and misty grouper; gag, scamp, speckled hind, red hind, rock hind, graysby, and coney. The five (5) grouper bag limit in the EEZ also includes blueline, golden, and sand tilefish. No possession of Nassau and Goliath grouper.

  • (L)

    It is unlawful to possess Large Coastal sharks less than 54 inches (Fork Length).

  • (M)

    Season, areas, or other limits may be set by DMF.

  • (N)

    One crab pot may be used from private property or private pier, without a

license - Reference 15A NCAC 3J.0302.

  • (O)

    Contact DMF for seasons, areas, or other restrictions.

  • (P)

    The line dividing Pamlico Sound runs from Pt. of Marsh in Carteret County northeasterly to Bluff Pt. In Hyde County. The line dividing Albemarle Sound runs from the western shore of the mouth of the Alligator River northeasterly to the western shore of the mouth of North River at Camden Pt. Browns Inlet is located in Onslow County and the line runs through the northeast side of the Inlet. These descriptions are general and Proclamation FF-25-2008, dated February 26, 2008, has the specific coordinates of the line locations.

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