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Local Fishing Resources

Visiting the area? Long time resident? While you enjoy the beautiful Southport City Pier, or other local fishing spots, review these digital resources to assure you are only keeping those species that are allowed and safe to keep! Click on the links below to learn more about what fish are safe to eat or keep and what vessels are navigating by Southport.

Fish Consumption Advisory
Find current fish advisories for the state of North Carolina and for specific bodies of water in North Carolina.

Fish Rules*
Fish Rules simplifies saltwater fishing regulations into an easy to understand format. With a glance, know if a fish is in season, how many you can keep, how big they have to be, and more.

Marine Traffic*
MarineTraffic is the world’s leading provider of ship tracking and maritime intelligence.

Recreational Size and Bag Limits
Guide to the regulations governing recreational harvest of saltwater species.

Stop, Check, Enjoy
Eating Safe Fish From Our Waters

*App available
Compiled as part of Environmental Education Certification through North Carolina Office of Environmental Education. The NC Maritime Museum at Southport, Friends of the Museum, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina, consultant agencies, nor individual staff receive any compensation for sharing of these resources. 
Many thanks to the following agencies: Cape Fear River Watch, NC Department of Environmental Quality, City of Southport, Potters Seafood, and NC Marine Patrol.
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