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

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  • 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
  • Sad Native

    They observers have already been replaced with cameras…guess who has to pay to have the film sent off? The fishermen of course, and at a very high price to ship and process it. Then some observer in an office gets paid to sit and watch hours of fishing video! The red tape is getting wider and wider that our fishermen have to crawl through to make a living!

    Monday, Jun 18 @ 9:23 am
  • Pat D

    I am happy to see this and plan on taking part. This is a great way to get important fisheries data like growth rate, diet, etc. A common complaint from commercial fishermen is inconsistent management. For example, wildly fluctuating seasons and limits, fisheries opening and closing, … These management inconsistencies are in a large part caused by insufficient data and insufficient data is caused by insufficient research funding. In other words, there is only a certain amount of money we are willing to spend on fisheries data collection so there is a certain (and often large) amount of error we have to accept in terms of population estimates. This effort crowd sources the sample collection leaving more money for sample processing and data analysis.

    Monday, Jun 18 @ 1:59 pm