Fisheries Statistics

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries obtains statistics on recreational and commercial harvest of finfish, shellfish and crustaceans. Recreational statistics are conducted under the Coastal Angling Program while commercial statistics are captured through the Trip Ticket Program.

Each year the License and Statistics Program publishes an annual report containing summary statistics from the recreational, commercial, license and economics programs within the section. This report is a great starting point for interested parties to learn details about various programs and to access many fisheries statistics. 

License and Statistics Annual Report

License and Statistics Annual Report

The License and Statistics Annual Report provides summaries of commercial and recreational harvest and landings data along with commercial and for-hire license and permit sales statistics for the State of North Carolina.

2020 License and Statistics Annual Report ("The Big Book")

Download Individual Chapters

Cover Page and License-Statistics Overview
Chapter 1: License and Permit Statistics
Chapter 2: Commercial Fishery Statistics
Chapter 3: Marine Recreational Fishery Statistics
Chapter 4: Central and Southern Management Area Recreational Fishery Statistics
Chapter 5: N.C. Recreational Saltwater Activity Mail Surveys
Chapter 6: Fisheries Economics

Commercial Statistics

Commercial Statistics

Commercial Landings Query Tool

Shrimp Landings Consist of white, pink, brown and rock species.

All confidential data is represented with an estimate (e.g. >5,000 lbs) and combined into the appopriate unclassified category (e.g. unclassified shellfish) to maintain confidentiality.

Hard Clam (meats) and Hard Clam (numbers) represent the same amount harvested. Numbers of clams were converted to pounds of meats to be consistent with other species.

Oyster (meats) and Oyster (bushels) represent the same amount harvested. Bushels of oysters were converted to pounds of meats to be consistent with other species.

The Trip Ticket Program was implemented in January 1994. Due to this improvement in data collection methods, comparisons with other years may be invalid. 

Quota Monitoring Report (Updated 9/20/21)

Fish Dealer Reports

2020 Annual Dealer Report (July 2021)
2020 Semi-Annual Fish Dealer Report (Oct. 2020)
2019 Annual Dealer Report (May 2020)
2019 Semi-Annual Dealer Report (Oct. 2019)
2018 Annual Dealer Report (May 2019)
2018 Semi-Annual Fish Dealer Report (Oct. 2018)
2017 Annual Fish Dealer Report (May 2018)
2017 Semi-Annual Fish Dealer Report (Oct. 2017)
2016 Annual Fish Dealer Report (May 2017)
2016 Semi-Annual Fish Dealer Report (Oct. 2016)

Fisheries Landings Bulletins

2020 Annual Fisheries Bulletin (July 2021)
2020 Semi-Annual Fisheries Bulletin (Oct. 2020)
2019 Annual Fisheries Bulletin (May 2020)
2019 Semi-Annual Fisheries Bulletin (Oct. 2019)
2018 Annual Fisheries Bulletin (May 2019)
2018 Semi-Annual Fisheries Bulletin (Oct. 2018)
2017 Annual Fisheries Bulletin (May 2018)
2017 Semi-Annual Fisheries Bulletin (Oct. 2017)
2016 Annual Fisheries Bulletin (May 2017)
2016 Semi-Annual Fisheries Bulletin (Oct. 2016)

Commercial Finfish and Shellfish Conversion Factor Reports

Validation of N.C. Commercial Finfish and Shellfish Conversion Factors (March 2013)
2005-2010 Pilot Study of Conversion Factors Used by the N.C. Trip Ticket Program (June 2010)

 

Recreational Statistics

Recreational Statistics

Dig into recreational fishing data using the NOAA Data Query Tool

View the HMS Tuna and Billfish Report (09/21/2021)

Recreational Commercial Gear Landings

Statistics for Recreational Commercial Gear License landings were collected and compiled from 2002-2008. Those findings are reported here.

2002 RCGL Landings
2003 RCGL Landings
2004 RCGL Landings
2005 RCGL Landings
2006 RCGL Landings
2007 RCGL Landings
2008 RCGL Landings

Socioeconomic Reports and Data Additional Statistics Resources Contacts

Contacts

General Information

Brandi Salmon
License and Statistics Section Chief
919-707-8573 or 800-682-2632
Brandi.Salmon@ncdenr.gov

Commercial Harvest Statistics

Alan Bianchi
Trip Ticket Program Manager
252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632
Alan.Bianchi@ncdenr.gov
Meredith Whitten
Quota Monitoring/E-Reporting Biologist
252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632
Meredith.Whitten@ncdenr.gov

Recreational Harvest Statistics

Dr. Andrew Cathey
Coastal Angling Program Manager
252-948-3876
Andrew.Cathey@ncdenr.gov

Socio-Economic Program

David Dietz
Fisheries Economics Program Manager
919-707-8573 or 800-682-2632
David.Dietz@ncdenr.gov
License Program
Brenda Clark
License Program Manager
252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632
Brenda.Clark@ncdenr.gov