The Artificial Reef Program run by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is usually busy. While there are several local artificial reef association groups along the N.C. Coast, every N.C. artificial reef project must be coordinated through the DMF Artificial Reef Program. One of the current points of emphasis is estuarine reefs, especially oyster sanctuaries. These projects don't just add...
Keeping up with offshore fishing regulations can be a challenge. Many fishermen have taken advantage of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council-sponsored South Atlantic Fishing Regulations mobile application over the past few years.  The free app has provided regulation information for both recreational and commercial fishermen fishing in federal waters (ranging from 3 to 200 nautical miles) off the South Atlantic...
RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2018) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and...
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Florida Extends Permit Spawning Closure in South Florida At its February meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a measure to extend the spawning season closure for permit inside the Special Permit Zone in south Florida. The change, effective April 1, 2018, will add April to the existing May-through-July season closure for the harvest of permit...
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January Freeze Closes NC Speckled Trout Season More Stunned and Dead Trout Still Being Found The winter weather at the North Carolina Coast usually ranges from cold to cool, sometimes turning warm, and only occasionally becoming very cold.  2018 began during one of those few periods the weather was very cold.  The freezing temperatures began with overnight visits the last few...

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Fishing Boat From Deadliest Catch: Dungeness Cove TV Show Capsizes In...

NEWPORT, Ore. —  The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday morning that three fishermen who were on boat when it capsized Tuesday night were killed. The Dungeness...