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 All proclamations, including those no longer in effect, can be found on the Archived Proclamations page.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 252-726-7021

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

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

  • CHANNEL NETS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    8:00 A.M., Friday, June 15, 2007

  • COBIA - COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL – COASTAL FISHING WATERS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Sunday, January 1, 2023

  • CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS – ATLANTIC OCEAN AND CENTRAL AND NORTHERN REGIONS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    5:01 P.M., Sunday, May 15, 2022
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  • CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS – ATLANTIC OCEAN AND SOUTHERN REGION – OPENING A PORTION OF NEW RIVER AND STUMP SOUND
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Thursday, September 1, 2022
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  • DESIGNATION OF DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN MANAGEMENT AREAS AND CRAB POT RESTRICTIONS
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  • DOLPHIN– RECREATIONAL VESSEL LIMIT – COASTAL FISHING WATERS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Monday, May 2, 2022

  • FINFISH – AQUACULTURE OPERATIONS EXEMPTIONS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., January 14, 2022

  • FLOUNDER POUND NET SET - ESCAPE PANEL REQUIREMENTS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Monday, February 1, 2016

  • FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS - ATLANTIC OCEAN
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., October 22, 2022

  • FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS - ATLANTIC OCEAN
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., January 1, 2023

  • FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL PURPOSES - INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS AND ATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS – CLOSES INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    6:00 P.M.  Friday October 28, 2022

  • FLOUNDER – RECREATIONAL PURPOSES - INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS AND ATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS - 2022 RECREATIONAL SEASON, SIZE AND HARVEST LIMITS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M., Thursday, September 1, 2022

  • GILL NET AND SEINE RESTRICTIONS: DEER AND SCHOOLHOUSE (ROCKY RUN) CREEKS IN CAPE CARTERET
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    8:30 P.M. Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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  • GILL NET MAXIMUM SIZE: INTERNAL COASTAL FISHING WATERS
    Issued Date:
    Effective Date:

    12:01 A.M. Saturday, January 18, 2014