November 2019
It's oyster roast time!
A few words about oysters
from the director's desk
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.

Learn the regulations
for harvesting 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.

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Shellfish Rehab Program
restores oyster habitat
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.

Some dos and don’ts for sanitary handling of oysters
Those who plan to indulge in these salty treats should consider these common-sense precautions when harvesting, buying, storing and preparing oysters to prevent illness.

Get to know the staff of the
Shoreline Survey Program
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.