Fisheries Management Proclamations

Proclamations are a tool used by the state to manage fisheries. They are public notices that suspend or implement rules affected by variable conditions. Proclamations can set certain fishing seasons and areas, harvest and gear limits, and conditions governing fisheries. Proclamation authority and proclamations are codified in rules. All proclamations, including those no longer in effect, can be found on the Archived Proclamations page.

Current Proclamations

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Proclamation Categories
FF Finfish proclamations that address commercial and recreational size and creel limits, seasons, areas, etc.
M Miscellaneous proclamations covering gear restrictions (gill net, seine, pound net, etc.) not included in other proclamation categories, as well as permit requirements, and adaptive management measures implemented under the authority of fishery management plans
PA Polluted area proclamations that include temporary closures and re-openings to shellfish harvest as a result of bacteriological water quality, as well as changes in descriptions of permanently closed areas due to Sanitary Survey findings. (Polluted Area Proclamations have their own page)
PT Proclamations for pots that allow the use of crab, eel, fish, and shrimp pots in provisional pot areas not being used by long haul operations.
RS Proclamations closing research sanctuaries to all fishing equipment.
SF Shellfish proclamations addressing oysters, clams and scallops: hand and mechanical seasons, limits, areas, etc.
SS Shellfish sanitation proclamations (beginning in 2014) that establish the National Shellfish Sanitation Program requirements that mandate measures to control the temperature of oysters and clams after harvest; these measures reduce post-harvest growth of potentially hazardous, naturally occurring bacteria in these shellfish.
SH Shrimp proclamations that open or close areas to shrimping and crab trawling, or require bycatch reduction devices.

Current Proclamations

This is an interactive list of the proclamations currently in effect. You may select the category of the proclamation and use the search feature to limit the proclamations to only those that include the selected key words. Sunrise/sunset times are found in the official NCDMF Sunrise/Sunset table. For questions regarding proclamations, email Steve Poland, the Fisheries Management Section Chief, or call 800-682-2632 or 252-515-5500

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  • POTS OPEN – ATLANTIC OCEAN AND INTERNAL COASTAL AND JOINT FISHING WATERS WEST AND SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 58 BRIDGE
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Wednesday, May 1, 2024
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  • 2001 CALICO SCALLOP SEASON
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    9:00 A.M., Saturday, February 17, 2001

  • 2023-2024 MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS FROM PUBLIC BOTTOM
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    7:30 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2023
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  • 2023-2024 OYSTER HAND HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    sunrise, Sunday, October 15, 2023
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  • 2023-2024 OYSTER MECHANICAL HARVEST CLOSURE
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    2:00 P.M, Friday, January 12, 2024

  • 2023-2024 OYSTER SEASON CLOSURE - BRUNSWICK COUNTY
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    sunset, Friday, March 15, 2024

  • ATLANTIC CROAKER – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – CLOSURE
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Saturday, December 16, 2023

  • ATLANTIC CROAKER – HOOK AND LINE OR FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES – CREEL LIMITS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • BLACK DRUM - RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • BLACK SEA BASS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN – NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., March 7, 2024

  • BLACK SEA BASS – RECREATIONAL – NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS – 2024 RECREATIONAL SEASONS, SIZE, AND CREEL LIMITS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., May 15, 2024

  • BLUEFISH – COMMERCIAL – IMPLEMENTS 400-POUND POSSESSION LIMIT
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., May 23, 2024

  • BLUEFISH – COMMERCIAL – IMPLEMENTS 800-POUND POSSESSION LIMIT
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., March 3, 2024

  • BLUEFISH – RECREATIONAL – Coastal Fishing Waters
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Sunday, May 1, 2022

  • CALICO SCALLOP – ATLANTIC OCEAN - CLOSURE
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., May 31, 2024