Blue crab harvest closures set
Published 7:27 am Monday, January 2, 2023
The annual blue crab harvest closures run from Jan. 1, 2023 through Jan. 31, 2023 for North Carolina state waters north and east of the Highway 58 bridge over Bogue Sound to Emerald Isle and from March 1, 2023 through March 15, 2023 for North Carolina state waters south and west of the Highway 58 bridge.
During the closure period, pots of any type must be removed from Internal Coastal Fishing Waters (excluding ocean waters) and possession of blue crabs regardless of harvest gear type is prohibited from all Coastal Fishing Waters (ocean and internal coastal waters). Pots are allowed in ocean waters for other targeted species, such as black sea bass.