RE: CLOSED OYSTER SEASON HARVEST PERMIT FOR LEASES AND FRANCHISES
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective from 12:01 A.M., Monday, April 1, 2013, through 11:59 P.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2013, a special permit shall be required to harvest oysters from shellfish leases and franchises.
I. SPECIAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS:
A. It is unlawful to harvest oysters from shellfish leases or franchises without first obtaining a Closed Oyster Season Harvest Permit for Leases and Franchises.
B. To be eligible to hold or harvest under a Closed Oyster Season Harvest Permit for Leases and Franchises, the individual must possess a North Carolina Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL) or a Retired SCFL with a Shellfish Endorsement or a Shellfish License.
C. The Closed Oyster Season Harvest Permit for Leases and Franchises shall only be issued to shellfish lease and franchise holders. Designees shall be allowed to harvest if in possession of a copy of the permit and proper written authorization from the lease or franchise holder.
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, 03O .0502, .0504 and .0506.
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. It shall be unlawful to fail to abide by all permit conditions listed in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03O .0502 and .0504 and the Closed Oyster Season Harvest Permit for Leases and Franchises.
D. The intent of this proclamation is to implement a special permit for shellfish lease and franchise holders and their designees to harvest oysters in compliance with Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference requirements.
E. As part of the NC Vibrio parahaemolyticus control plan, oysters landed between June 1 and September 30 must be placed under mechanical refrigeration by a licensed shellfish dealer within five (5) hours of start of harvest.
F. It is unlawful to fail to notify NC Marine Patrol Communications Center by telephone at 800-682-2632 the same day of harvest before the lease holder or his designees harvest oysters during June, July, August and September.
G. The Closed Oyster Season Harvest Permit for Leases and Franchises will be issued by the Division of Marine Fisheries office, Resource Enhancement Section, Morehead City ONLY at no cost.
March 15, 2013