Bay scallop season will open Jan. 26

Louis B. Daniel III, director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, issued a proclamation on Thursday, Jan. 22, opening the bay scallop season in the Core and Pamlico sounds with some restrictions. The bay scallop fishery has been closed for several years because DMF officials said the stock was depleted.The season for bay scallops will open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, and remain open until 4 p.m. on April 1. The area opened includes all of the Pamlico Sound.

Scallops may be taken from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. by hand, with hand rakes, hand tongs, dip nets, and scoops. Scallops cannot be harvested with dredges. Commercial harvest will be allowed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Recreational harvest will be allowed Saturday and Sunday only.

Commercial fishermen are allowed five bushels per person per day. According to the proclamation, no combined fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons or boats that are involved, can possess more than 10 bushels per day.

Recreational fishermen are allowed 1/2 bushel per day – not to exceed one bushel if two or more persons are on a boat. There is no size limit on the scallops.

Also, the recreational harvest limit cannot be combined with the commercial harvest limit.

8 Reasons to Love Fall on Hatteras Island

Some places it’s the turning color of the leaves, or the start of football season. On Hatteras Island fall is marked by cooler comfortable  evenings  and warm golden  light. The waters’ warmth lasts into October, the pace slows down a bit after the full swing of summer.  Residents and visitors take a deep breath and pause to  enjoy what for […]

57th Annual Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Tournament

It’s time again for the 57th Annual world-famous, Cape Hatteras Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament. 120 teams of 6 people will participate for a chance to become one of the top three winners – who will receive prizes, gift certificates and trophies. The tournament begins Wednesday with an Open House for all the tournament participants and […]

Fishing Tournaments Return to the Avon Pier

The Avon Fishing Pier announces its first annual PBR Classic Red and Blue Fishing Tournament for November 7-9. In what pier manager Keith Matthews is calling “a sign of more good things to come”, the tournament will focus on Red Drum and Blue fish and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *