Who to Contact About Fishing

Waters State Agency State Commission Interstate/Federal
Authority
Saltwater rivers, sounds, creeks and ocean out to 3 miles from shore N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Freshwater lakes, rivers and creeks   N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ocean, beyond 3 miles from shore, species predominantly caught
North of Hatteras
    Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Ocean, beyond 3 miles from shore, species predominantly caught
South of Hatteras
    South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Highly Migratory Species such as billfish, tuna and sharks     Highly Migratory Species National Marine Fisheries Service