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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SF-1-2017

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SF-1-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: 2016-2017 OYSTER RESTRICTIONS-OYSTER DREDGING CLOSURE IN SOUTHWESTERN PAMLICO SOUND AND THE NEUSE RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES

This proclamation supersedes proclamation SF-8-2016, dated December 12, 2016. It closes southwestern Pamlico Sound and the Neuse River and its tributaries to the mechanical harvesting of oysters off public bottom according to management measures adopted in Supplement A to Amendment 2 of the N.C. Oyster Fishery Management Plan.

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at sunrise, Monday, January 16, 2017, the following changes in restrictions will apply to the area open to the mechanical harvest of oysters:

I. MECHANICAL HARVEST RESTRICTIONS:

A. Oysters may be taken by mechanical methods (See General Information Section VII. E., G. and I. for other gear restrictions).

B. It is unlawful to transfer oysters from the catching vessel to any other vessel during oyster harvesting operations or to transport oysters by any vessel other than the vessel in which they are harvested.

C. It is unlawful to possess more than five bushels of unculled catch onboard a vessel. Only material on the culling tray is exempt from culling restrictions.

D. It is unlawful to possess unculled catch or culled catch material while underway and not engaged in mechanical harvesting.

E. It is unlawful for the catch container (bag, cage) attached to a dredge to extend more than two feet in any direction from the tooth bar.

F. It is unlawful to tow a dredge unless the point where the tow line or cable exits the vessel and goes directly into the water is on the port or starboard side of the vessel forward of the transom.

G. It is unlawful to possess a dredge while engaged in oyster harvesting activities in an area closed to the use of mechanical methods for oyster harvest.

II. HARVEST DAYS AND TIME PERIOD
Mechanical oyster harvest will be allowed Monday through Friday from sunrise until 2:00 P.M. each day. It is unlawful to fail to have oyster dredges out of the water and stowed on deck after 2:00 P.M. each weekday (See General Information Section VII. C. and F.).

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