In 2015, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources adopted an amendment to the N.C. Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan.
Making bay scallops rules consistent with those of other shellfish species grown on private bottom by exempting leaseholders and aquaculture operations from the public bottom commercial season, gear and harvest limits, and allowing for the sale of cultured bay scallops.
Eliminating the Aug. 1 through Sept. 15 bay scallop season and lowering the maximum daily commercial harvest possession limit to be consistent with adaptive management trip limit measures.
source: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Originally published: April 27, 2015.