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North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NC DMF)

The NC DMF is dedicated to ensuring sustainable marine and estuarine fisheries and habitats for the benefit and health of the people of North Carolina.

Contact Page: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/contact-dmf

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NC DMF
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Location and Contact Information
Address: 
  • 3441 Arendell Street
  • Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone / Fax: 
  • 252.726.7021
Website: 
www.portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/home
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Featured On-the-Ground Project
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Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Age and Sex Data Collection in North Carolina

In October 2014, the NC DMF began the collection of preferred structures for ageing fish (otoliths) and sex information from three species of high value to commercial and recreational fisheries in North Carolina: summer flounder, black sea bass north of Cape Hatteras, and southern flounder.  Fishery management plans for these species rely on age-structured stock assessment models to determine stock status and management measures. Catch-at-age from the commercial and recreational fisheries is a critical data need for these models to track and predict cohort success and understand changes in stock age structure from year to year. It is also important to know the sex ratios of harvested fish to accurately estimate parameters in stock assessment models.  This is especially true for summer and southern flounder and black sea bass, species in which males and females have different growth rates and vulnerabilities to the fisheries. The collection of fisheries-dependent age and sex data through this project will meet critical data needs, and will improve the accuracy of stock assessments and our general understanding of these species, leading to more informed management within North Carolina and throughout the region.

Through this project, NC DMF staff are being trained to collect flounder otoliths in a way that does not damage fish to be sold whole.  This new way of collecting flounder otoliths will allow for continuation of this type of sampling beyond the end of the grant period.  Some sex information is being collected through purchases of flounder.  A portable ‘light box’ was built; designed to determine the sex of flounder by laying the flounder on top and shining light through the body. This device and technique are still being tested for sampling fishery catches in the field. The collection of ageing structures and sex information will continue through 2015. 

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Featured Data Query
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Top Five North Carolina Species by Pounds in Last Full Year

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In the Data Warehouse, NC DMF has annual summaries from 1950-1977, monthly summaries from 1978-1993, and trips reports for all fisheries since 2004.

Location and Contact Information

Address Phone / Fax Email Website
    • 3441 Arendell Street
    • Morehead City, NC 28557
    • 252.726.7021

www.portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/home

Featured On-the-Ground Project

Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Age and Sex Data Collection in North Carolina

In October 2014, the NC DMF began the collection of preferred structures for ageing fish (otoliths) and sex information from three species of high value to commercial and recreational fisheries in North Carolina: summer flounder, black sea bass north of Cape Hatteras, and southern flounder.  Fishery management plans for these species rely on age-structured stock assessment models to determine stock status and management measures. Catch-at-age from the commercial and recreational fisheries is a critical data need for these models to track and predict cohort success and understand changes in stock age structure from year to year. It is also important to know the sex ratios of harvested fish to accurately estimate parameters in stock assessment models.  This is especially true for summer and southern flounder and black sea bass, species in which males and females have different growth rates and vulnerabilities to the fisheries. The collection of fisheries-dependent age and sex data through this project will meet critical data needs, and will improve the accuracy of stock assessments and our general understanding of these species, leading to more informed management within North Carolina and throughout the region.

Through this project, NC DMF staff are being trained to collect flounder otoliths in a way that does not damage fish to be sold whole.  This new way of collecting flounder otoliths will allow for continuation of this type of sampling beyond the end of the grant period.  Some sex information is being collected through purchases of flounder.  A portable ‘light box’ was built; designed to determine the sex of flounder by laying the flounder on top and shining light through the body. This device and technique are still being tested for sampling fishery catches in the field. The collection of ageing structures and sex information will continue through 2015. 

Featured Data Query

Top Five North Carolina Species by Pounds in Last Full Year

Click Here To View >>

In the Data Warehouse, NC DMF has annual summaries from 1950-1977, monthly summaries from 1978-1993, and trips reports for all fisheries since 2004.