The NC Marine Fisheries Division is meeting in New Bern to discuss several pieces of fisheries legislation Feb. 19 – 21. The first two meetings are open for public comment. […]
How much is flounder gigging to blame for the decline in the flounder population along the Carolina coastlines? […]
Gill nets used by commercial fishermen will be outlawed as of March 18, 2019 above the ferry lines on the Neuse and Pamlico river systems thanks to a proclamation voted on by the NC Marine Fisheries Commission. […]
A fisheries biologist with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries expects to receive reports of cold-stun kills of speckled trout and other species through the end of January, and he thinks it will be several months before the “full effect” of the early January weather event is understood. […]
Due to the impact of the cold weather on spotted seatrout, the NCDMF has issued proclamation FF-1-2018, which will halt commercial and recreational anglers from fishing for spotted seatrout for the next several months. […]
If you’re a fishermen who targets striped bass and you monitor the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries proclamations and stock-status reports, your heart may have skipped three or four beats since Jan. 1.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continues to operate on a budget raided by the state legislature of $600,000 six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a Joint Enforcement Agreement that would earn the state’s saltwater management agency that amount in federal assistance.
I recently had the opportunity to go on a couple of the 10 fishing trips that are part of a program funded by sales of North Carolina’s Coastal Recreational Fishing License to catch and tag coastal striped bass. On the two trips I took part in, more than 400 fish were caught and tagged, and slightly more than 1,000 fish were caught and tagged during the 10 trips. Most, unfortunately, had not migrated into North Carolina waters, so trips had to be run out of Virginia’s Rudee Inlet.