RE: CRAB POT ESCAPE RINGS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the following area will be exempt from the escape ring requirement in crab pots until 12:01 A.M., June 15, 2014.
I. AREA DESCRIPTION:
Newport River bounded by the Highway 70 Bridge in the south and the Highway 101 Bridge at Core Creek in the north. (No Map)
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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0301.
B. It is unlawful to violate 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. This action is being taken to allow the harvest of mature female crabs. During this period of exemption, escape rings in crab pots may be obstructed to retain the crabs in the area described above.
D. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0301 (g) authorizes the Fisheries Director to exempt crab pots from the escape ring requirement.
March 11, 2014