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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-11-2016

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IV. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of North Carolina General Statutes 113-134; 113-182; 113-182.1; 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03J .0301, 03L .0201, and 03L .0203.

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

C. The intent of this proclamation is to manage the blue crab fishery under the adaptive management framework adopted as part of the North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2.

D. The harvest of mature female blue crabs is allowed except as described in Section II. A. of this proclamation.

E. In accordance with North Carolina 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.

F. Contact the North Carolina 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

G. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-9-2015, dated June 3, 2015. This proclamation implements blue crab harvest restrictions adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission at their May 19, 2016 business meeting and incorporated in the June 2016 Revision to the North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2. It prohibits the harvest of immature female hard blue crabs. It also prohibits the possession of mature female hard blue crabs with dark sponges from April 1 through April 30. It reduces the culling tolerance for prohibited blue crabs to 5 percent by number. It prohibits targeted crab dredging while still allowing minimal crab harvest from oyster dredge operations. It requires crab pots to have a third escape ring with a minimum inside diameter of two and five-sixteenths inches. It also specifies the installation location for the third escape ring. The escape ring requirement is not effective until January 15, 2017 to allow time for fishermen to make the necessary modifications to their pots.

June 3, 2016
1:30 A.M.
M-11-2016

 

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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