Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – April 13, 2017

New size and bag limits will go into effect May 1 for the recreational cobia fishery in North Carolina waters. The minimum size limit will increase to 36 inches fork length (measured from the tip of snout to the fork in the tail). The possession limit will decrease to one fish per-person per-day, with a […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – March 23, 2017

The recreational flounder bag limit will decrease from six fish to four fish per person, per day in North Carolina waters beginning March 1. The recreational size limit will remain at 15 inches. The bag limit reduction is necessary to comply with requirements of Addendum XXVIII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – Winter 2016 – 2017

In the coming months, the state marine fisheries agency will remove all remaining buoys from the state’s artificial reefs in the Atlantic Ocean. The buoys, which are used to identify the location of an artificial reef, are not required for safe navigation in the ocean. They are being removed because the state no longer has […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – November 17, 2016

It’s a time-honored tradition on the coast: Thanksgiving dinner with oyster dressing. State environmental officials are encouraging those who partake in this seasonal ritual to take some common sense precautions when buying, storing, and preparing oysters to prevent illnesses caused by environmental bacteria. The same is true for clams. Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus are […]

 Sarah Gagliardo

Releases – October 27, 2016

North Carolina will remain open for flounder fishing this fall. The state did not close flounder season on Oct. 16 for the recreational hook-and-line and gig fisheries, as was planned. The recreational flounder season will remain open with the current 15-inch minimum size limit and six-fish bag limit. Flounder season will remain open for the […]