Commercial harvest of horseshoe crabs now open

Published 7:44 am Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation M-18-2022 opened the season to the commercial harvest of horseshoe crabs from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.

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,” states the proclamation.

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