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Releases – May 24, 2018

Beginning next summer, new gear configurations will be required in shrimp trawls used in some waters of the state. The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted to require fishermen to use one of four gear combinations identified by a recent collaborative study that achieve at least 40 percent finfish bycatch. The new gear configurations will be […]

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Releases – May 10, 2018

The development of Amendment 2 to the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan is underway and began with development of a regional stock assessment in late 2017. The Division of Marine Fisheries and state fisheries biologists from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, along with university scientists, worked together to review each state’s southern flounder data […]

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Releases – April 26, 2018

The recreational cobia season begins May 1, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding anglers that the regulations have changed. The recreational cobia season will run May 1 to Dec. 31 with a minimum size limit of 36 inches fork length (tip of the snout to the fork in the tail) and a […]

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Releases – April 12, 2018

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record bluefin tuna. Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, DE, reeled in the 877-pound fish on March 17 after fighting with the fish for 2.5 hours off Oregon Inlet. It measured 113 inches curved fork length (tracing the contour of the body from […]

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Releases – March 22, 2018

Anglers who fish on artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries in the rivers and sounds will notice some changes to the buoys this spring. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program and Oyster Sanctuary Program is replacing the buoys used to mark reef sites in estuarine waters. The new buoys are white, 13 inches […]

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