II. AREA OPENINGS — BEAUFORT AND HYDE COUNTIES
Pots may be set in the following areas:
(A) Durants Point and South shore, upper Pungo River - beginning on Durants Point at a point 35° 30.5197’ N - 76° 35.1521’ W; running northwesterly to a point 35° 31.1333' N - 76° 35.5833' W; running northeasterly 200 yards south of Marker “10” to a point at 35° 31.2032' N - 76° 35.5558' W; running easterly parallel to the marked navigation channel at a distance of 200 yards to the shore south of Wilkerson Creek to a point 35° 33.0493’N – 76° 27.2752’W; running southerly and westerly along the shoreline and following the Inland/Coastal lines of Horse Island, Tarklin, Scranton and Smith Creeks to the beginning point.
(B) Tooleys Point and North Shore, upper Pungo River- beginning at the "Breakwater" 200 yards northeast of Beacon "6" at a point 35° 31.7833' N - 76° 36.8500' W; running southeasterly to a point 200 yards from Marker "4" at a point 35° 31.5167' N - 76° 36.3500' W; running easterly parallel to the marked navigation channel at a distance of 200 yards to the north shore of Wilkerson Creek to a point 35° 33.2339' N - 76° 27.5449' W; running northwesterly along the shoreline to the east end of the U.S. 264 bridge; running westerly along the bridge and following the Inland/Coastal lines of Upper Dowry Creek and Lower Dowry Creek; running westerly and along the shoreline Battalina and Tooley Creeks; running along the river shore to the "Breakwater" to a point 35° 31.9908' N - 76° 36.6105' W; running southwesterly along the "Breakwater" to the beginning point.
III. 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 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. The intent of this proclamation is to implement measure approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission to resolve user conflicts between crab potters, shrimp trawlers and long haulers in Pungo River. It opens some portions of the Pungo River to crab pots through November. A public meeting was held June 19 , 2013 to solicit public comments as required in Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0301 (j).
D. The temporary suspension of the portion of the rule is necessary to implement the changes agreed to in the conflict resolution meeting and which will be implemented by rule in spring of 2014.
June 20, 2013