RE: AMERICAN SHAD AND HICKORY SHAD
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, January 1, 2012, the following restrictions will apply to the harvest of American and hickory shad:
A. The American shad harvest season in the internal coastal and joint fishing waters of the state, excluding the Atlantic Ocean, will open at 12:01 A.M. Sunday, January 1, 2012.
II. 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 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 Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. 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.
D. Proclamation FF-84-2011, dated December 15, 2011 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.
E. The season for the commercial harvest of American and hickory shad will close at midnight, Saturday, April 14, 2012, pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0519.
F. The Atlantic Ocean waters of the state remain closed to the harvest of American shad in accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Shad Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3.
December 22, 2011