RE: RESEARCH SANCTUARY
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, November 8, 2015, the following area is declared a RESEARCH SANCTUARY and is closed to shellfishing:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
NEW HANOVER COUNTY
In Hewletts Creek on the west side of the ICW across from Masonboro Island, and north of Carolina Beach Inlet. The area is approximately 20.7 acres in size and is delineated by pilings and signs as shown on the attached map. The location of the pilings are as follows:
| ||Piling 1 ||34° 10.720'N ||77° 50.624'W |
| ||Piling 2 ||34° 10.698'N ||77° 50.591'W |
| ||Piling 3 ||34° 10.685'N ||77° 50.565'W |
| ||Piling 4 ||34° 10.666'N ||77° 50.516'W |
| ||Piling 5 ||34° 10.596'N ||77° 50.479'W |
| ||Piling 6 ||34° 10.559'N ||77° 50.469'W |
| ||Piling 7 ||34° 10.490'N ||77° 50.505'W |
| ||Piling 8 ||34° 10.517'N ||77° 50.578'W |
| ||Piling 9 ||34° 10.531'N ||77° 50.620'W |
| ||Piling 10 ||34° 10.640'N ||77° 50.655'W |
II. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries 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 per 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. 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.
D. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, phone 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information, or visit the division website at http://ncmarinefisheries.net/
E. This area will be used by the UNC-Wilmington Center for Marine Science to conduct research on shellfish biology, oyster growth and survival.
F. N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0109, specifies that these Research Sanctuaries are in effect for one year, subject to renewal at the end of that year.
November 5, 2015