Information on Eastern Oyster Amendment 5 and Hard Clam Amendment 3

Reviews of the Eastern Oyster and Hard Clam FMPs are underway. Previous plans focused on managing wild harvest and addressing shellfish aquaculture. With changes in shellfish leases, aquaculture, and franchises being addressed by the Shellfish Lease and Aquaculture program, the amendments under development will focus only on wild harvest. Additionally, stock assessments have not been completed for these species due to data limitations. The division seeks input from recreational harvesters on tools to gain accurate estimates of harvest and effort.

Scoping is the best opportunity for stakeholders to share their expertise on the oyster and clam fisheries to inform development of each amendment. The division has identified possible management strategies to explore when plan development begins.  Eastern Oyster Amendment 5 will potentially explore different management for intertidal and subtidal oyster reefs. Hard Clam Amendment 3 will potentially explore management for mechanical harvest and maintenance dredging. 

For oyster questions, contact Joe Facendola or Abby Williams.

For clam questions, contact Jeffrey Dobbs or Lorena de la Garza.

Scoping Sessions

Submit Oyster Comments Online

Submit Clam Comments Online

The Division of Marine Fisheries is developing Amendment 5 to the N.C. Eastern Oyster Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and Amendment 3 to the N.C Hard Clam FMP. The division will hold a public scoping period September 11-22 to solicit input on potential management strategies for the upcoming amendments and discuss stakeholder priorities. Scoping is the best opportunity for the public to inform the plan.

A scoping document outlining potential management strategies can be found below. Stock assessments are not available for these species due to data limitations. A joint management strategy looks to fill the recreational effort and catch data gap . Management strategies under consideration for Eastern Oyster Amendment 5 are divided by reef type, intertidal and subtidal reefs. Management strategies under consideration for Hard Clam Amendment 3 pertain to mechanical harvest and maintenance dredging.

Beginning September 11, the public can provide feedback through an Eastern Oyster online form, a Hard Clam online form, or submit written comments through the mail to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Scoping, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. September 22, 2023.

Below are the meeting dates and locations. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. The September 21 meeting will also be available for public participation by web conference.

September 11
Dare County Administration Building      
Room 238      
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive      
Manteo, NC 27954
September 18
NC Department of Environmental Quality      
Washington Regional Office      
943 Washington Square Mall      
Highway 17      
Washington, NC 27889
September 19
Cape Fear Community College      
Union Station Building Room 470      
502 N. Front St.      
Wilmington, NC 28401
September 21

NC Division of Marine Fisheries      
Central District Office      
5285 Highway 70 West      
Morehead City, NC 28557

Attend via web conference

Division staff will give a short presentation and then the public will have the opportunity to provide comments. Following the public comment period, attendees will have time to discuss subject matter insights or concerns directly with species leads. Stakeholder comments, insights, and concerns will be considered in developing management strategies and management measures in Eastern Oyster Amendment 5 and Hard Clam Amendment 3.

Shellfish Scoping Document