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 all gear with the exception of crab pots:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
NEW HANOVER COUNTY
Behind UNC-Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science building, surrounding the dock on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway across from Masonboro Island, and north of Carolina Beach Inlet. The area is approximately 2.7 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° 08.4600'N ||077° 51.7610'W |
| ||Piling 2 ||34° 08.4460'N ||077° 51.7160'W |
| ||Piling 3 ||34° 08.3780'N ||077° 51.7470'W |
| ||Piling 4 ||34° 08.4030'N ||077° 51.8270’W |
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 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. 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 growth and survival.
F. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0109, specifies that Research Sanctuaries are in effect for one year, subject to renewal at the end of that year.
November 5, 2015