Monday, April 22, 2024

Public Comment Period Opens for Temporary Rules to Implement New Mandatory Harvest Reporting Law

Apr 22, 2024

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.

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

Marine Fisheries Commission Rules Wildlife Resources Commission Rule
Through an online form Through an online form

By mail to:

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission
Rules Comments
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

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


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 all fish 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.

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

Media Contact:

DMF Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-515-5500

WRC Contact: Fairley Mahlum
Phone: 919-707-0180

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