It is unlawful to possess or sell oysters, clams, or mussels in a commercial fishing operation without a harvest tag affixed to each container of oysters, clams or mussels. Tags shall be affixed by the harvester or dealer and shall meet the following criteria:

(1)           Tags shall be identified as harvest tags.  They shall be durable for at least 90 days, water resistant, and a minimum of two and five‑eighths inches by five and one‑fourth inches in size.

(2)           Tags shall be securely fastened to the outside of each container in which shellstock is transported. A harvester or dealer tag shall be securely fastened to the outside of each container at a dealer location except, bulk shipments of shellfish in one container and from the same source may have one tag with all required information attached. Harvesters who are also certified shellfish dealers may use only their dealer tag if it contains the required information.  The required information shall be included on all lots of shellfish subdivided or combined into market grades or market quantities by a harvester or a certified shellfish dealer.

(3)           Tags shall be attached to all shellfish stored at a dealer location.

(4)          Tags shall contain legible information arranged in the specific order as follows:

(a)           The harvester's name, address and shellfish license or standard or retired standard commercial fishing license with shellfish endorsement number.

(b)           The date of harvest.

(c)           The most precise description of the harvest location as is practicable (e.g., Long Bay, Rose Bay) that can be easily located by maps and charts.

(d)           Type and quantity of shellfish.

(e)           The following statement in bold, capitalized type:  "THIS TAG IS REQUIRED TO BE ATTACHED UNTIL CONTAINER IS EMPTY AND THEREAFTER KEPT ON FILE FOR 90 DAYS".


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113-168.5; 113-169.2; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. October 1, 2008.