Horseshoe crab harvest starts Jan. 1
Published 7:42 am Saturday, December 21, 2019
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation M-25-2019 opens commercial harvest of horseshoe crabs from 12:01 a.m., Jan. 1, 2020, through 11:59 p.m., April 30, 2020.
The proclamation establishes a daily harvest limit of 50 horseshoe crabs per fishing operation.
The intent of this proclamation is to allow North Carolina to comply with the requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Horseshoe Crab. North Carolina is operating under a state quota and these trip limits and harvest periods are meant to constrain the harvest of horseshoe crabs to the quota.