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MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are accepting public comments on temporary rules to implement mandatory harvest reporting requirements passed by the N.C. General Assembly in Session Law 2023-137, Section 6. The comment period will close at 5 p.m. May 20, 2024.

The new mandatory reporting law requires that any person who recreationally harvests Red Drum, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout (speckled trout), Striped Bass and Weakfish (gray trout) must report that harvest to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF). Additionally, it requires anyone holding a commercial fishing license who is engaged in a commercial fishing operation to report allfish harvested to DMF, regardless of sale.

The requirement starts Dec. 1, 2024, and applies to Coastal Fishing Waters, Joint Fishing Waters and Inland Fishing Waters adjacent to Coastal and Joint Fishing Waters.

Members of the public may submit comments in any of the following ways:


Marine Fisheries Commission Rules

Through an online form:


By mail to:

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules Comments

P.O. Box 769

Morehead City, N.C. 28557

Wildlife Resources Commission Rule

Through an online form:


By mail to:

Rulemaking Coordinator

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

1701 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700

Emailed to (include name,

county and state of residence in e-mail)

At a combined agency public hearing to be held virtually on May 1, 2024, at 6 p.m.


Pre-registration is required:

Pre-register for Public Hearing

Join by phone: Toll Free 833-568-8864

Webinar ID: 160 805 6277

More information on this mandatory reporting requirement can be found on the DMF website at

The NC Watermen Foundation is accepting donations to the Griffin and Dunn families through checks ONLY

Thank you for all of your support to these families during this tragic time

NC Watermen Foundation
P.O. Box 205

Hatteras, NC 27943

In Remembrance

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Lela Griffin

Charles M. "Charlie" Griffin
Charles James "Chad" Dunn
Fishing Reels and Rods

On the Hook

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Our Mission

North Carolina Watermen United is a non-profit organization that advocates for the needs of our coastal communities. We protect the livelihood of those who rely on fishing as a way of life and provide a voice for fair regulations to ensure everyone has the freedom to fish.

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