DMF's Bicentennial Jamboree

DMF's Bicentennial Jamboree

Celebrating 200 Years of Marine Fisheries Management and Conservation

On June 10, the campus at the Morehead City Headquarters Office will transform into a celebration of 200 years of state marine fisheries management and conservation in North Carolina. The Bicentennial Jamboree is part of a year-long celebration commemorating the passage of the first statewide marine fisheries law in North Carolina. This and numerous subsequent laws passed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, eventually led to the establishment of what is now the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission.

Lifetime Coastal Recreational Fishing License Raffle

Neuse Sport Shop has volunteered to sponsor a Jamboree Passport raffle, and the prize is a Lifetime Coastal Recreational Fishing License! The raffle is open to North Carolina residents aged 18 and under. Participants will visit the exhibits listed on the passport to get stamps, then return the fully stamped passports to be entered into the drawing.


Interactive Map of Exhibits and Schedule of Events

Download a PDF Map of Exhibits

Welcome Tent

Children can pick up a passport, collect stamps throughout the event and turn in for chance to win a lifetime fishing license! Morehead City Fire & EMS will be available to provide first aid, if needed. 

DMF Careers

The Division is made up of a diverse group of scientists, officers, managers, technical and administrative staff, and vessel captains. Learn how you can join our team or prepare for a career in Marine Fisheries.

Ethical Angling

Discover what it means to be an ethical angler! Learn how to throw a cast net, setup your fishing rods, and tie a variety of fishing rigs. Talk to staff with the NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament about how to get rewarded for your outstanding catches. 

Marsh Tank

Visit a salt marsh ecosystem and learn about what the Division does to protect coastal habitats. This living salt marsh tank is filled with plants and many species you would find in the marsh.

Touch Tank

Take a close look at the fishes and invertebrates commonly found on artificial reefs all along North Carolina’s coastline.

Artificial Reefs

Build your own reef! Use miniature reef building materials just like the Artificial Reefs team does off the coast of North Carolina. Be sure to check out the life-sized materials and equipment used to build artificial reefs.

Fish House Display

Visit a replica retail fish market with real fish. Learn how to identify the different species that are common in North Carolina waters and how to measure them.

Sampling Boats

Watch gear demonstrations and discuss survey techniques with Division staff. See trawl, gillnet, and electroshocking boats that are used for data collection. 

NC Marine Patrol in Action

North Carolina Marine Patrol, the oldest state law enforcement agency, has a new Swiftwater Rescue Team! They'll conduct mock rescues throughout the day. 

Tagging Program

Learn how biologists track fish movements through the Multi-species Tagging Program. Play a fishing game, see tags and tagging equipment, view real fish, and learn how to report a tagged fish to get a reward. 

Carcass Collection Program

Learn how biologists can tell the age of fish donated by fishermen using the fish’s earbone. Find out why collecting that information is vital when assessing the health of the fish populations. Put your own aging skills to the test with a fun activity. 

Water Quality

Join the Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality team and test your water quality knowledge by answering questions on an interactive quiz board. Learn how to identify pollution sources that impact our coastal waters with demonstrations on a 3D coastal landscape.

License and Statistics

Learn about the different ways the division collects fisheries data by playing a variety of fun, kid-friendly games. 

IT - Drones

The NC Department of Information Technology will feature a range of state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicles used by the Division. Witness firsthand the capabilities and versatility of the machines that are revolutionizing the way the Division maps North Carolina’s shoreline and coastal habitats. 

Carteret Community College

Tour the Carteret Community College aquaculture facility, the North Carolina Marine Training and Education Center, and the college's living shoreline.


In addition to the major exhibits listed above, there are a variety of partners participating in the Division's Bicentennial Jamboree. Some of the partners include:

NC Maritime Museum
Carteret Community College
NC Division of Air Quality
NC Division of Water Resources
NC Division of Coastal Management
NC Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve
Aurora Fossil Museum
Duke University Marine Lab Community Science Initiative
Ft. Macon State Park
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
North Carolina Geological Survey
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council


Food Trucks

Enjoy lunch from one of the conveniently located food trucks. Some of the food trucks that will be on-site are:

Dank Burrito What's Jay Cooking
Kona Ice Smokin Joe's BBQ
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