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Artificial Reef Etiquette
Observe all state and federal fishing regulations.
Do not tamper with commercial fishing gear - it’s illegal!
Do not harvest oysters from oyster sanctuaries - it’s illegal!
Do not litter or throw any trash overboard. Remember, fishing line, plastic, and other garbage can kill fish, turtles, and birds. It can also entangle and endanger divers. Bring garbage back to the dock and dispose in an appropriate receptacle.
First come, first served: Be courteous and give anchored boats a wide berth.
Watch for divers. Stay away from boats displaying a Diver Down flag.
Always proceed with caution if there are Diver Down flags. Watch for diver’s bubbles.
Immediately release all live fish and shellfish that you are not planning to keep.
Fish responsibly; use circle hooks.
Follow federal regulations and vent when necessary.
1 N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Guide, 2016
Ethical Angling A Guide to Responsible Fishing
Best Practices for the Ethical Angler
Hooks, Lines & Sinkers: A Rigging Guide
N.C. Div. of Marine Fisheries:
Coastal Recreational Angler's Guide
Reef Fishing Calendar
Part 1: Protecting the Resources