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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation RS-01-2017

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RS-1-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: RESEARCH SANCTUARY- TOPSAIL SOUND - UNC-WILMINGTON

This Proclamation establishes a closure to all fishing gear with the exception of hook and line in Research Sanctuaries in Topsail Sound.


Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective from 12:01 A.M., Friday, April 14, 2017 to 5:00 P.M., Thursday August 31, 2017, in the area described below, the following restrictions apply:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION

PENDER COUNTY

Virginia Creek Shoal – Topsail Sound – On the ocean side of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) in Topsail Sound across from the mouth of Virginia Creek. An area consisting of approximately 0.25 acres in size and delineated by four marked pilings with a boundary as shown in the attached map. The locations of the pilings are as follows:

1. 34° 24.4375” N 77° 35.8972” W
2. 34° 24.4332” N 77° 35.8928” W
3. 34° 24.4658” N 77° 35.8400” W
4. 34° 24.4710” N 77° 35.8433” W

Pecan Grove – Topsail Sound – On the inland side of the IWW in Topsail Sound in the Pecan Grove region. An area consisting of approximately 0.25 acres in size and delineated by four marked pilings with a boundary as shown in the attached map. The locations of the pilings are as follows:

1. 34° 23.9745” N 77° 36.8355” W
2. 34° 23.9703” N 77° 36.8303” W
3. 34° 24.0048” N 77° 36.7811” W
4. 34° 24.0090” N 77° 36.7865” W

II. RESTRICTIONS
It is unlawful to use fishing gear with the exception of hook and line in the area described in I.

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 Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03I .0109.

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 area will be used by the UNC-Wilmington Center for Marine Science to conduct research on impacts of aquaculture on natural seagrass beds.

D. 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 www.ncmarinefisheries.net.

E. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

F. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0109 (a) (2), any closure or restriction in the Research Sanctuary shall be for no more than one year, subject to renewal at the discretion of the Fisheries Director.

G. This Proclamation establishes a closure to all fishing gear with the exception of hook and line in Research Sanctuaries in Topsail Sound.

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

April 12, 2017
11:50 A.M.
RS-1-2017

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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