section .0500 primary nursery areas



To establish and protect those fragile inland waters which support embryonic, larval or juvenile populations of marine or estuarine fish or crustacean species. These Rules will set forth permanent nursery areas in inland fishing waters. Nursery areas are necessary for the early growth and development of virtually all of North Carolina's important marine or estuarine fish or crustacean species. Nursery areas need to be maintained, as much as possible, in their natural state, and the fish and crustacean populations within them must be permitted to develop in a normal manner with as little interference from man as possible.


History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑132; 113‑134;

Eff. September 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000.