RE: BLUE CRAB HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, June 7, 2015; this proclamation sets the following provisions for the harvest of blue crab:
I. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
Mature female blue crabs are exempt from the minimum size limit established for blue crabs in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03L .0201.
II. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03L .0201.
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. The intent of this proclamation is to implement management measures in accordance with the N.C. Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2.
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. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, phone 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information, or visit the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf.
F. This proclamation exempts mature female blue crabs from the five inch minimum size limit in the N.C. Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2. This proclamation does not change blue crab management measures currently in place and clarifies the relevance of the blue crab minimum size possession rule to mature female blue crabs.
June 3, 2015