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 All proclamations, including those no longer in effect, can be found on the Archived Proclamations page.

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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 table is an interactive table that can be searched to show only the most relevant proclamations. Use the search feature to limit the proclamations to only those that include the selected key words. Refresh the page to return to the default view. 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

Summary

Proclamation

Category

Effective Date

Maps (if applicable)

Date Issued

BLACK DRUM - RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL

FF-73-2013

Finfish

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

2013-12-18

BLACK SEA BASS – RECREATIONAL PURPOSES - NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS

FF-28-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., May 15, 2021

2021-04-12

BLACK SEA BASS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN – NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS

FF-49-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., September 8, 2021

2021-09-03

BLACK SEA BASS

FF-55-2009

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Monday, October 12, 2009

2009-10-09

BLUEFISH – COMMERCIAL PURPOSES – POSSESSION LIMIT

FF-46-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., August 25, 2021

2021-08-23

BLUEFISH – RECREATIONAL PURPOSES – CREEL LIMITS

FF-1-2020

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Saturday, February 1, 2020

2020-01-28

COBIA - COASTAL FISHING WATERS – RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL

FF-25-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Saturday, May 1, 2021

2021-04-05

ATLANTIC CROAKER – HOOK AND LINE OR FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES – CREEL LIMITS

FF-24-2021

Finfish

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

2021-03-30

SNAPPER GROUPER COMPLEX – COMMERCIAL – RED SNAPPER – CLOSURE

FF-51-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Tuesday, September 14, 2021

2021-09-10

SNAPPER GROUPER COMPLEX – RECREATIONAL – GOLDEN TILEFISH – CLOSURE

FF-53-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Monday, September 20, 2021

2021-09-17

SNAPPER GROUPER COMPLEX – RECREATIONAL – RED SNAPPER – OPEN LIMITED SEASON

FF-36-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Friday, July 9, 2021

2021-06-22

DOLPHIN FOR-HIRE VESSELS

FF-27-2012

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Monday, April 16, 2012

2012-04-10

FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS - ATLANTIC OCEAN

FF-50-2021 (REVISED)

Finfish

12:01 A.M., September 8, 2021

2021-09-08

FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL PURPOSES- INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS AND ATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS (GEAR SPECIFIC) - SEASON DATES, SIZE AND GEAR RESTRICTIONS

FF-40-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Tuesday, September 15, 2021

Map Package

2021-06-28

FLOUNDER – RECREATIONAL PURPOSES- INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS ANDATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS- 2021 RECREATIONAL SEASON, SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS

FF-39-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Wednesday, September 1, 2021

2021-06-28

KING MACKEREL - RECREATIONAL – INCREASED POSSESSION LIMIT THROUGH MARCH 16, 2021

FF-37-2020

Finfish

12:01 A.M., September 17, 2020

2020-09-17

SPANISH AND KING MACKEREL – COMMERCIAL SPANISH MACKEREL – OPEN HARVEST WITH 500 POUND POSSESSION LIMIT

FF-38-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Monday, June 28, 2021

2021-06-25

RED DRUM -COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS - OPEN

FF-31-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Saturday, May 1, 2021

2021-04-29

RED PORGY - MINIMUM SIZE

FF-73-2009

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Monday, December 21, 2009

2009-12-18

SCUP - COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS - ATLANTIC OCEAN- NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS – OPENING OF SUMMER HARVEST PERIOD

FF-30-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Saturday, May 1, 2021

2021-04-23

SCUP - RECREATIONAL PURPOSES - ATLANTIC OCEAN

FF-11-2015

Finfish

6:00 A.M. Friday, March 13, 2015

2015-03-10

COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SHARK HARVEST- INCREASED COMMERCIAL POSSESSION LIMIT FOR LARGE COASTAL SHARKS

FF-22-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Friday, March 26, 2021

2021-03-25

SHAD-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RULES

FF-2-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2021

2020-12-10

SHEEPSHEAD - RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL

FF-28-2015

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Monday, June 1, 2015

2015-05-28

SPOT – HOOK AND LINE OR FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES – CREEL LIMITS

FF-23-2021

Finfish

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

2021-03-30

SPOTTED SEATROUT – COMMERCIAL- SEASON OPEN

FF-24-2018

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Friday, June 15, 2018

Map Package

2018-06-11

SPOTTED SEATROUT – RECREATIONAL - SEASON OPEN

FF-23-2018

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Friday, June 15, 2018

2018-06-11

STRIPED BASS – RECREATIONAL – ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA – SEASON OPEN

FF-52-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Friday, October 1, 2021

2021-09-17

STRIPED BASS RECREATIONAL – ATLANTIC OCEAN FROM OCRACOKE INLET NORTH TO THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA STATE LINE – HARVEST TAGGING AND REPORTING

FF-35-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Sunday, June 6, 2021

2021-06-04

ESTUARINE STRIPED BASS- RECREATIONAL SEASON CLOSURE- CENTRAL SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT AREA INTERNAL COASTAL FISHING WATERS- INCLUDING CLOSURE OF JOINT WATERS

FF-6-2019

Finfish

12:01 A.M., Friday, March 29, 2019

Map Package

2019-03-26

STRIPED BASS RECREATIONAL – ATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS OF NORTH CAROLINA (CIRCLE HOOK REQUIREMENTS)

FF-1-2021

Finfish

12:01 A.M. Friday, January 1, 2021

2020-12-03

WEAKFISH COMMERICIAL FISHING OPERATIONS

FF-55-2012

Finfish

10:00 A.M. Sunday, November 11, 2012

2012-11-09

WEAKFISH - RECREATIONAL

FF-54-2010 (Revised)

Finfish

12:01 A.M. Monday, May 24, 2010

RULE SUSPENSION – GILL NET RESTRICTIONS FOR GILL NETS WITH A STRETCHED MESH LENGTH LESS THAN 4 INCHES AND ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GILL NETS WITH A STRETCHED MESH LENGTH LESS THAN 5 INCHES- YARDAGE LIMIT DECREASE IN MANAGEMENT UNIT B

M-14-2021

Internal Coastal Waters

12:01 A.M., Monday, June 28, 2021

2021-06-25

GILL NETS – GILL NET CLOSURE AND RESTRICTIONS - CENTRAL SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT AREA (CSMA) - WESTERN PAMLICO SOUND AND RIVERS

M-6-2019

Internal Coastal Waters

12:01 A.M., Monday, March 18, 2019

Map Package

2019-03-15

STOP NET BEACH SEINE FISHERY - ATLANTIC OCEAN – CARTERET COUNTY

M-17-2020

Internal Coastal Waters

12:01 A.M., Thursday, October 15, 2020

2020-10-12

GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA – OPENING MANAGEMENT UNIT A TO THE USE OF LARGE MESH GILL NETS WITH OVERNIGHT SOAKS

M-16-2021

Internal Coastal Waters

6:16 P.M., Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Map Package

2021-09-02

GILL NET RESTRICTIONS - INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS SOUTH OF MANAGEMENT UNIT A – FOR GILL NETS WITH A STRETCHED MESH LENGTH OF 4 INCHES THROUGH 6 ½ INCHES- CLOSES MANAGEMENT UNIT C

M-11-2021

Internal Coastal Waters

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

2021-04-09

PERMIT REQUIREMENT- GILL NETS INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS

M-24-2014

Internal Coastal Waters

12:01 A.M., Monday, September 1, 2014

2014-07-31

RE: GILL NETS – CURRITUCK SOUND – MARTINS POINT CONFLICT RESOLUTION AREA

M-26-2016

Other Gill Net

12:01 A.M. Friday, December 2, 2016

Map Package

2016-11-29

GILL NETS - NEWPORT RIVER

M-35-2014

Other Gill Net

7:00 A.M. Monday, October 20, 2014

Map Package

2014-10-17

GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: ATLANTIC OCEAN WITHIN 100 YARDS OF THE SHORELINE

M-8-2019

Other Gill Net

12:01 A.M., Monday, April 22, 2019

2019-04-04

JOINT FISHING WATERS - GILL NET RESTRICTIONS

M-3-2014

Other Gill Net

12:01 P.M., Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014-02-03

GILL NET MAXIMUM SIZE: INTERNAL COASTAL FISHING WATERS

M-1-2014

Other Gill Net

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

2014-01-16

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

M-29-2013

Other Gill Net

8:30 P.M. Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Map Package

2013-09-20

RULE SUSPENSION - BLUE CRAB FMP AMENDMENT 3 MANAGEMENT MEASURES

M-1-2021

Miscellaneous

12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2021

2020-12-09

HORSESHOE CRABS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS

M-15-2021

Miscellaneous

12:01 A.M, September 1, 2021

2021-08-27

RULE SUSPENSION – REVISED CRAB SPAWNING SANCTUARY BOUNDARIES FOR DRUM INLET AND BARDEN INLET, DESIGNATION OF NEW CRAB SPAWNING SANCTUARIES, AND GEAR AND CRAB HARVEST RESTRICTIONS WITHIN CRAB SPAWNING SANCTUARIES

M-7-2020

Miscellaneous

12:01 A.M., Friday, May 1, 2020

Map Package

2020-04-17

CHANNEL NETS

M-10-2007

Miscellaneous

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

2007-06-13

FLOUNDER POUND NET SET - ESCAPE PANEL REQUIREMENTS

M-34-2015

Miscellaneous

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

2015-12-17

POTS OPEN – PROVISIONAL POT AREAS IN PAMLICO SOUND AND PAMLICO, BAY, AND NEUSE RIVERS

PT-3-2021

Pots

12:01 A.M., Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Map Package

2021-05-18

POTS OPEN – ATLANTIC OCEAN AND INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS WEST AND SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 58 BRIDGE

PT-2-2021

Pots

12:01 A.M., Saturday, May 1, 2021

Map Package

2021-04-27

DESIGNATION OF DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN MANAGEMENT AREAS AND CRAB POT RESTRICTIONS Approved Terrapin Bycatch Reduction Devices Flyer

PT-1-2021

Pots

12:01 A.M., Monday, March 1, 2021

Map Package

2021-01-26

RESEARCH SANCTUARY- BACK SOUND – EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

RS-4-2021

Research Sanctuaries

12:01 A.M, May 14, 2021

Map Package

2021-05-11

RESEARCH SANCTUARY- ATLANTIC OCEAN – DARE COUNTY – COASTAL AND HYDRAULICS LABORATORY, FIELD RESEARCH FACILITY

RS-3-2021

Research Sanctuaries

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

Map Package

2021-04-12

RESEARCH SANCTUARY- MYRTLE GROVE SOUND - UNC-WILMINGTON

RS-2-2021

Research Sanctuaries

12:01 A.M., January 1, 2021

Map Package

2020-12-15

RESEARCH SANCTUARY- HEWLETT’S CREEK - UNC-WILMINGTON

RS-1-2021

Research Sanctuaries

12:01 A.M., January 1, 2021

Map Package

2020-12-15

PERMIT REQUIREMENT - SHELLFISH LEASE RESTORATION PERMIT

SF-6-2021

Shellfish

12:01 A.M., Monday, April 12, 2021

2021-04-08

SHELLFISH MANAGEMENT AREA – CARTERET COUNTY

SF-3-2020

Shellfish

12:01 A.M., Thursday, September 3, 2020

2020-08-31

2001 CALICO SCALLOP SEASON

SC-3-2001 (REVISED)

Shellfish

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

2001-02-14

SHELLFISH MANAGEMENT AREAS (Closures: New River, Alligator Bay)

SF-4-2014

Shellfish

sunrise, Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014-05-28

SHELLFISH MANAGEMENT AREA – MOUTH OF WEST BAY, PAMLICO SOUND

SF-8-2021

Shellfish

12:01 A.M., July 2, 2021

Map Package

2021-06-30

SHELLFISH MANAGEMENT AREA

SF-3-2011

Shellfish

6:00 A.M., Monday, February 7, 2011

2011-02-04

SHELLFISH MANAGEMENT AREA

SF-2-2007

Shellfish

sunrise, Friday, January 19, 2007

2007-01-16

SHELLFISH TEMPERATURE AND SANITATION CONTROLS

SS-1-2021

Shellfish Sanitation

9:00 A.M., March 26, 2021

2021-03-26

TEMPERATURE AND SANITATION CONTROLS – CLOSED SEASON OYSTER HARVEST

SS-2-2021

Shellfish Sanitation

9:05 A.M., March 26, 2021

2021-03-26

CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS – CENTRAL AND NORTHERN REGIONS

SH-1-2021

Shrimp/Crab Trawling

5:00 P.M., Sunday, May 16, 2021

Map Package

2021-05-14

CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS – SOUTHERN REGION - OPENING A PORTION OF NEW RIVER AND STUMP SOUND

SH-3-2021

Shrimp/Crab Trawling

5:01 P.M., Sunday, September 19, 2021 a

Map Package

2021-09-17

CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS – SOUTHERN REGION

SH-2-2021

Shrimp/Crab Trawling

5:00 P.M., Sunday, May 16, 2021

Map Package

2021-05-14

SHRIMP TRAWL BYCATCH REDUCTION DEVICE REQUIREMENTS – CROATAN AND ROANOKE SOUNDS, PORTIONS OF THE PAMLICO, BAY, AND NEUSE RIVERS, CORE SOUND AND SOUTH TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE LINE, AND SKIMMER TRAWLS STATEWIDE

SH-4-2019

Shrimp/Crab Trawling

12:01 A.M. Monday, July 1, 2019

2019-05-14

SHRIMP TRAWL BYCATCH REDUCTION DEVICE REQUIREMENTS – PAMLICO SOUND AND PORTIONS OF THE PAMLICO, BAY, AND NEUSE RIVERS

SH-3-2019

Shrimp/Crab Trawling

12:01 A.M. Monday, July 1, 2019

Map Package

2019-05-14