Maps for Current Rules

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program at the Division of Marine Fisheries provides mapping and other support for DMF projects. The GIS products are used to support many DMF programs, which include fisheries rules and proclamations, fishery management plans, enforcement, and habitat plans.

The maps on this page are those specified in rule. To see the maps associated with proclamations, go to the Fisheries Management Proclamations page. To view an interactive map of temporary and permanent shellfish closures, go to the Polluted Area Proclamations page. 

Fisheries rules are identified in the publication N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules. Rule map packages were created to assist the public to easily identify the rule boundaries. Rule map packages are available to view, download and print. Links are provided to view and print the rule text, which is available from the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

Rules

Crab Trawling

Crab Trawling

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03L .0202
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

crab trawling map01 CT Map

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1
Descriptive Boundaries for Coastal-Joint-Inland Waters Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0101
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

Sea Turtle Sanctuary map

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map  Map 1
Military Danger Zones and Restricted Areas

Military Danger Zones and Restricted Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0102
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

Military Danger Zone mapMap 1Map 2Map 3Map 4Map 5Map 6Map 7Map 8

Entire Map Package Cover Page  Index Map Map 1
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Primary Nursery Areas

Primary Nursery Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0103
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

The rule maps for Primary Nursery Areas are combined in one map package called Fishery Nursery Areas, which include Primary Nursery Areas, Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas, and Special Secondary Nursery Areas. The Primary Nursery Areas rule is cross-referenced in 15A NCAC 03N .0104 - PROHIBITED GEAR, PRIMARY NURSERY AREAS.

Fishery Nursery Areas

Fishing Nursery Areas map

Entire Map Package (18MB) Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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Map 30      
Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas

Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0104
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

The rule maps for Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas are combined in one map package called Fishery Nursery Areas, which include Primary Nursery Areas, Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas, and Special Secondary Nursery Areas. The Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas rule is cross-referenced in 15A NCAC 03N .0105 (a) - PROHIBITED GEAR, SECONDARY NURSERY AREAS.

Fishery Nursery Areas

Fishing Nursery Areas map

Entire Map Package (18MB) Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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Map 30      
Special Secondary Nursery Areas

Special Secondary Nursery Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0105
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

The rule maps for Special Secondary Nursery Areas are combined in one map package called Fishery Nursery Areas, which include Primary Nursery Areas, Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas, and Special Secondary Nursery Areas. The Special Secondary Nursery Areas rule is cross-referenced in 15A NCAC 03N .0105(b) - PROHIBITED GEAR, SECONDARY NURSERY AREAS.

Fishery Nursery Areas

Fishing Nursery Areas map

Entire Map Package (18MB) Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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Map 30      
Designated Pot Areas Mechanical Methods Prohibited to Take Oysters

Mechanical Methods Prohibited to Take Oysters

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0108
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

MMP Index Map
Map 1Map 2Map 3Map 4Map 5Map 6Map 7

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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Crab Spawning Sanctuaries

Crab Spawning Sanctuaries

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0110
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

CSS map graphicMap 1Map 2Map 3Map 4Map 5

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map  Map 1
Oregon Inlet Area
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Hatteras Inlet Area
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Ocracoke Inlet Area
Map 4
Drum Inlet Area
Map 5
Bardens Inlet Area
Purse Seines Prohibited

Purse Seines Prohibited

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0111
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

PSP map graphicMap 1Map 2

Entire Map Package Cover Page  Index Map Map 1
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Attended Gill Net Areas

Attended Gill Net Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0112
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

The Attended Gill Net Areas rule is referenced to in 15A NCAC 03J .0103 - GILL NETS, SEINES, IDENTIFICATION, RESTRICTIONS

Attended Gillnet Areas MapMap 10Map 9Map 8Map 31Map 30Map 29Map 28Map 27Map 26Map 25Map 24Map 23Map 22Map 21Map 20Map 19Map 18Map 17Map 16Map 15Map 14Map 13Map 12Map 11Map 7Map 6Map 5Map 4Map 3Map 2Map 1

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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Pound Net Set Prohibited Areas

Pound Net Set Prohibited Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0113
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

PNSPA map graphicMap 1

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1
Shrimp Trawl Prohibited Areas

Shrimp Trawl Prohibited Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0114
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

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Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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Anadromous Fish Spawning Areas

Anadromous Fish Spawning Areas

 Marine Fisheries Commission Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0115
NC OAH Website Printable PDF
Wildlife Resources Commission Rule Text - 15A NCAC 10C .0603
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

The Anadromous Fish Spawning Areas (AFSA) are areas where evidence of spawning of anadromous fish has been documented in Division sampling records through direct observation of spawning, capture of running ripe females, or capture of eggs or early larvae. AFSA are in jurisdictional waters for both the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) and Wildlife Resource Commission (WRC). AFSA rule is cross-referenced by MFC rule in 15A NCAC 03N .0106 – ANADROMOUS FISH SPAWNING AREA BOUNDARIES, and by WRC rule in 15A NCAC 10C .0602 - ANADROMOUS FISH SPAWNING AREAS DEFINED. The AFSA maps contain both MFC and WRC rules in one map package.

AFSA map graphicWhite OakPamlicoRoanokeNeuseMattamuskeetChowanCape FearAlbemarle

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Albemarle Sound Area
Cape Fear River Area Chowan River Area Lake Mattamuskeet Area Neuse River Area
Roanoke River Area Tar River and Pamlico River Area White Oak River Area and New River Area  
Designated Seed Oyster Management Areas

Designated Seed Oyster Management Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R.0116
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

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Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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Oyster Sanctuaries

Oyster Sanctuaries

Oyster sanctuary rule is referenced in 15A NCAC 03K .0209 - OYSTER SANCTUARIES.

View the latest information on Oyster Sanctuaries

Striped Bass Management Areas

Striped Bass Management Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0201
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

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Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1
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River Herring Management Areas

River Herring Management Areas

Rule Text - 15A NCAC 03R .0202
NC OAH Website Printable PDF

River Herring mapMap 1

Entire Map Package Cover Page Index Map Map 1