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Oyster Season to Open Oct. 15

MOREHEAD CITY -- Officials with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have announced that oyster season will open on October 15, 1997.

The following restrictions apply to commercial oyster harvest:

  • Oysters may be taken by hand-harvest methods only.
  • The minimum size limit for oysters is three inches.
  • Oysters may be harvested from sunrise to sunset, Monday-Friday.
  • Individual fishermen will be allowed to hand-harvest no more than five bushels of oysters per day.
  • Fishing operations will be allowed to hand-harvest no more than 10 bushels per day, regardless of the number of persons or boats involved.


  • Fishermen should also note that it is unlawful to possess or sell oysters without a harvest tag affixed to each container, except for oysters harvested for personal consumption.

    The following restrictions apply to recreational oyster harvest:

  • The minimum size limit for oysters is three inches.
  • Oysters may be harvested from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
  • Recreational fishermen will be allowed to hand-harvest no more than one bushel of oysters per person, per day.
  • For more information about oysters, please contact Mike Marshall in Morehead at 1-800-682-2632 or Rich Carpenter in Wilmington at 800/248-4536.

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    Date Posted: 10/3/97



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