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, Wednesday, January 1, 2014, the following restrictions will apply to the commercial horseshoe crab fishery:
I. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
During the period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, January 1, 2014 and ending at 11:59 P.M., Saturday, May 31, 2014 it is unlawful to possess more than 50 horseshoe crabs per vessel per trip.
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. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-22-2013, dated July 24, 2013, which closed the season. 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.
December 17, 2013