Freezers in place for fisheries’ Carcass Collection Program

By on June 14, 2018

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Carcass Collection Program is currently accepting the carcasses of black sea bass, black drum, croaker, cobia, flounder, gray trout (weakfish), grouper, red drum, sea mullet (kingfish), sheepshead, snapper, Spanish mackerel spotted seatrout (speckled trout), striped bass and triggerfish.

When cleaning the fish, leave the head and tail intact and the guts, if possible. If fishing on a charter boat or head boat, let the fish cleaner know the fish will be donated.

While the catch is still fresh, take the carcass to the nearest freezer location. Instructions on how to deposit the carcasses are posted on each freezer.


Anglers will be asked to give information related to how and when the fish was caught as well as their name and address.

Five of the freezers are on the Outer Banks. (NCDMF)

Division biologists will measure the fish, determine the sex, if possible, and remove the ear bones to determine the fish’s age.

The information collected will be used in future stock assessments, which rely on a range of information, including biological data, to provide an understanding of a species’ population.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or



  • Joanne

    Are you serious??? I wonder how much this is costing and how they will use this to regulate the fishermen more! Interesting to see where the freezers are being placed. No fishing center or business should allow these freezers! Another way for them to gain control of the fishing industry!

    Thursday, Jun 14 @ 5:36 pm
  • Sean

    Ok great idea, now they can get ride of the ob server program that will cut the cost of paying the observers hahahaha! What a joke

    Saturday, Jun 16 @ 8:39 am

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