RE: HORSESHOE CRABS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M, Monday, March 31, 2014, the following restrictions will apply to the commercial horseshoe crab fishery:
I. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
During the period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Monday, March 31, 2014 and ending at 11:59 P.M., Saturday, May 31, 2014 it is unlawful take or possess more than 50 horseshoe crabs per fishing operation per day, regardless of the number of persons or vessels involved.
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 15A NCAC 03L .0207.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the N.C. Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit our website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-43-2013, dated December 17, 2013. It changes the harvest limit from a per trip limit to a daily limit for a commercial fishing operation. The intent of this proclamation is to allow North Carolina to comply with the requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) for Horseshoe Crab. North Carolina is operating under a state quota and these trip limits and harvest periods are intended to constrain the harvest to the quota.
March 28, 2014