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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation RS-02-2019

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RS-2-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: RESEARCH SANCTUARY- TOPSAIL SOUND - UNC-WILMINGTON


This Proclamation establishes a closure to shellfishing and all fishing gear in a Research Sanctuary in eight locations in Topsail Sound.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, June 23, 2019, in the area described below, the following restrictions apply:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION

PENDER COUNTY
In Topsail Sound on the southeast side of the IWW across from Sloop Point, and east of Banks Channel. The total area for all eight sites is approximately 0.074805 acres in size and is delineated by pilings and signs as shown on the attached map. The location of the pilings are as follows:

Site 1 (0.01367 acres):  Piling 1 34° 24' 29.55 " N 77° 35' 26.84" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 29.44" N 77° 35' 26.77" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 29.70" N 77° 35' 26.32" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 29.59" N 77° 35' 26.23" W
Site 2 (0.01207 acres):  Piling 1 34° 24' 34.34" N  77° 35' 28.55" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 34.65" N 77° 35' 28.83" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 34.56" N 77° 35' 28.55" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 34.36" N 77° 35' 28.77" W
Site 3 (0.00530 acres): Piling 1 34° 24' 36.31" N 77° 35' 26.11" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 36.10" N 77° 35' 26.02" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 36.05" N 77° 35' 26.11" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 36.18" N 77° 35' 26.23" W
Site 4 (0.00956 acres): Piling 1 34° 24' 38.43" N 77° 35' 21.69" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 38.31" N 77° 35' 21.62" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 38.64" N 77° 35' 21.47" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 38.50" N 77° 35' 21.36" W
Site 5 (0.01071 acres):  Piling 1 34° 24' 27.85" N 77° 35' 32.08" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 27.91" N 77° 35' 31.78" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 27.77" N 77° 35' 31.67" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 27.69" N 77° 35' 32.03" W
Site 6 (0.00815 acres): Piling 1 34° 24' 28.43" N 77° 35' 30.25" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 28.30" N 77° 35' 30.19" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 28.51" N 77° 35' 29.94" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 28.38" N 77° 35' 29.91" W
Site 7 (0.00888 acres): Piling 1 34° 24' 29.78" N 77° 35' 24.29" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 29.71" N 77° 35' 24.41" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 29.53" N 77° 35' 24.07" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 29.49" N 77° 35' 24.25" W
Site 8 (0.00642 acres): Piling 1 34° 24' 32.35" N 77° 35' 26.70" W
  Piling 2 34° 24' 32.16" N 77° 35' 26.61" W
  Piling 3 34° 24' 32.22" N 77° 35' 26.47" W
  Piling 4 34° 24' 32.47" N 77° 35' 26.65" W

II. RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful to use fishing gear in the area described in I.

B. It is unlawful to take shellfish 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 to conduct research on the variation in nekton use of aquaculture structures.

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 shellfishing and all fishing gear in a Research Sanctuary in eight locations in Topsail Sound.

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Stephen W. Murphey, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES, DEQ

June 20, 2019
12:04 P.M.
RS-2-2019

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