RE: CRAB POT ESCAPE RINGS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Friday, April 11, 2014, this proclamation exempting the following area from the escape ring requirement in crab pots until 12:01 A.M., June 15, 2014 is rescinded.
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. Contact the 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D. PT-2-2014 is being rescinded because effective April 1, 2014, N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0301 exempts the Newport River area covered by this proclamation from escape ring requirements from April 1 through June 15 each year and the proclamation is no longer necessary. During this period of exemption, escape rings in crab pots are not required and may be obstructed to retain the crabs in the Newport River area described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0118 (2).
April 8, 2014