With cooler nights and daytime temps, it is finally beginning to feel like fall. For many in eastern North Carolina, including myself, that means oyster roasts. The Division of Marine Fisheries has a lot of programs that focus on oysters.
Whether they go out to a favorite spot and gather a few for dinner or collect a few more for an oyster roast with friends, shellfish fishermen need to know the state’s regulations for harvesting oysters.
Recognizing the value of oysters and the need for restoration, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and its partners have been investing incredible resources to rehabilitate oyster populations in North Carolina.
The Division of Marine Fisheries’ Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section is responsible for monitoring and classifying coastal waters as to suitability for shellfish harvesting for human consumption.