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FF-82-2014

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHAD-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RULES

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015, the following restrictions will apply to the harvest of hickory and American shad:

I. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RULES

A. The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03M .0519 is suspended:
Paragraphs (a) and (b) which read:
(a) It is unlawful to take American shad and hickory shad by any method except hook-and-line from April 15 through December 31.
(b) It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes.
B. The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03Q .0107 is suspended:
Paragraph (4) which reads:
(4) Shad: It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate per person per day taken by hook-and-line.

II. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES

A. ALBEMARLE, CROATAN, ROANOKE, AND CURRITUCK SOUNDS AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and after midnight, Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015 and after midnight, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American or hickory shad in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes and only one (1) of the 10 may be an American shad.
B. BAY AND NEUSE RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M. Sunday, February 15, 2015 and after midnight, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015 and after midnight Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American or hickory shad in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes and only one (1) of the 10 may be an American shad.
C. PAMLICO SOUND, PAMLICO AND PUNGO RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Sunday, February 15, 2015 and after midnight, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015 and after midnight Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
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.
D. CAPE FEAR RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M. Friday, February 20, 2015 and after midnight Saturday, April 11, 2015.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015 and after midnight Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American 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 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., Sunday, February 15, 2015 and after midnight, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015 and after midnight Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
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., Thursday, January 1, 2015 and after midnight Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
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.
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