North Carolina Seafood Availability

spring

Blue Crab (Soft): Rivers and sounds using wire pots and trawl nets. “Peeler” crabs are held in tanks until
they shed their shells
Bluefish: Ocean and sounds with gill nets
Clam: Sounds or farm-raised by shellfish growers
Grouper: Ocean using hook-and-line gear
Kingfish: Gill nets and in trawls
Mackerel, King: Hook-and-line gear and gill nets
Mahi-Mahi (Dolphinfish): Offshore using hook-and-line gear
Oyster: Farm-raised available all year
Sea Trout, Grey (Weakfish): Ocean with gill nets
Snapper: Offshore waters with rocky bottoms, using hook-and-line gear
Striped Bass: Ocean and sounds with gill nets, seines and trawls
Tilefish: Offshore using hook-and-line gear
Tuna, Yellowfin: Offshore using hook-and-line gear

summer

Black Sea Bass: Ocean using traps (pots) and hook-and-line gear
Blue Crab (Hard and Soft): Rivers and sounds using wire pots and trawl nets
Clam: Sounds using hand rakes, or farm-raised by shellfish growers
Grouper: Ocean using hook-and-line gear
Mackerel, Spanish: Ocean and sounds using gill nets and hook-and-line gear
Mahi-Mahi (Dolphinfish): Offshore ocean waters using hook-and-line gear
Oyster: Farm-raised available year-round
Shrimp: Ocean, sounds, rivers using otter trawls, skimmer trawls and channel nets
Snapper: Offshore ocean waters with rocky bottoms using hook-and-line gear
Tilefish: Offshore waters using hook-and-line gear
Tuna, Yellowfin: Offshore ocean areas using hook-and-line gear

fall

Black Sea Bass: Ocean using traps (pots) and hook-and-line gear
Blue Crab (Hard): Rivers and sounds using wire pots and trawl nets
Clam: Harvested from sounds or farm-raised by shellfish growers
Croaker: Ocean using gill nets and trawls
Flounder (Southern): Sounds with gill nets and pound nets
Mackerel, King: Ocean using hook-and-line gear and gill nets

Mackerel, Spanish: Ocean and sounds using gill nets, hook-and-line gear
Mullet: Beaches and sounds using gill nets and seine nets
Oyster: Wild are harvested with tongs and dredges, farm-raised available all year
Sea Trout, Spotted: Gill nets
Shrimp: Ocean and sounds using otter trawls, skimmer trawls and channel nets
Snapper and Grouper: Ocean using hook-and-line gear
Spot: Ocean and sounds using gill nets
Striped Bass: Ocean and sounds with gill nets, seines and trawls
Tuna, Yellowfin: Offshore using hook-and-line gear

winter

Black Sea Bass: Ocean using traps (pots) and hook-and-line gear
Blue Fish: Ocean and sounds with gill nets
Clam: Sounds using hand rakes, or farm-raised by shellfish growers
Croaker: Ocean using gill nets and trawls
Flounder (Summer): Offshore ocean waters with trawl nets
Mackerel, King: Ocean and sounds using hook-and-line gear and gill nets
Oyster: Wild are harvested with tongs and dredges, farm-raised available all year
Sea Trout, Grey (Weakfish): Ocean using gill nets
Sea Trout, Spotted: Ocean using gill nets
Striped Bass: Ocean and sounds using gill nets, seines and trawls
Tuna, Bluefin: Offshore using hook-and-line gear