Managing the North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery: Engaging Fishermen in the Analysis of Soft and Peeler Crab Regulations
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In September of 2005, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission approved regulations in the blue crab fishery for reducing wasteful fishing practices and preserving the spawning stock. Interviews of soft and peeler crab fishermen in Carteret County, North Carolina revealed the perceived effects of these and other regulations on their individual operations and on the health of the fishery as a whole. The results of these interviews are discussed in the following report. Additionally, the extent to which the 1998 and 2004 North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery Management Plans reflect the major findings of the interviews is considered and recommendations for future management plans are offered.
DepartmentNicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
SubjectNorth Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission
North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery Management Plans
Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
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