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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-56-2017

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D. CAPE FEAR RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and after midnight Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Monday, January 1, 2018 and after midnight Saturday, April 14, 2018.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American shad or hickory shad in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes and only five (5) of the ten (10) may be an American shad.
E. ALL OTHER INTERNAL COASTAL AND JOINT FISHING WATERS
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Thursday, February 15, 2018 and after midnight, Saturday, April 14, 2018.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Monday, January 1, 2018 and after midnight Saturday, April 14, 2018.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and- line or for recreational purposes.
F. ATLANTIC OCEAN
1. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Monday, January 1, 2018 and after midnight Saturday, April 14, 2018.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) hickory shad per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes.

III. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-134; 113-181; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03M .0512.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0519(c), it is unlawful to possess American shad taken from the Atlantic Ocean.

D. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

E. The intent of this proclamation is to implement the provisions of the N.C. American Shad Sustainable Fishery Plan as part of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Shad and River Herring.

F. Proclamation M-3-2014, dated February 3, 2014 prohibits the setting of gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters of the state from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. Portions of Albemarle and Currituck sounds are exempt from that provision.

G. Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://ncmarinefisheries.net/.

H. This proclamation sets the 2018 season and harvest restrictions for the taking of American shad and hickory shad for commercial and recreational purposes in Coastal and Joint Fishing waters.

 

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

December 19, 2017
9:17 A.M.
FF-56-2017

 

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