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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SF-2-2013

Marine Fisheries

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F. Swanquarter Bay north of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.9500' N – 76° 20.6409' W at The Narrows, running easterly to a point 35° 21.5959' N 76° 18.3580' W on the east shore;

G. Deep Cove – north and east of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.9790' N 76° 23.8577' W on the west shore; running southeasterly to a point 35° 20.5321' N 76° 22.7869' W on Swanquarter Island;

H. Rose Bay – north of a line beginning at a point 35° 23.3404' N 76° 26.2491' W on Long Point, running southeasterly to a point 35° 22.4891' N 76° 25.2012' W on Drum Point;

I. Spencer Bay – northwest of a line beginning at a point 35° 22.3866' N 76° 27.9225' W on Roos Point, running northeasterly to a point 35° 23.3404' N 76° 26.2491' W on Long Point;

J. Jones Bay – west of a line beginning at a point 35° 13.4968' N 76° 31.1040' W on Mink Trap Point; running southerly to a point 35° 12.3253' N 76° 31.2767' W on Boar Point;

K. Slade Creek - east of a line beginning at a point 35° 27.8879' N 76° 32.9906' W on the west shore; running southeasterly to a point 35° 27.6510' N 76° 32.7361' W on the east shore;

L. Scranton Creek - south and east of a line beginning at a point 35° 30.6810' N 76° 28.3435' W on the west shore; running easterly to a point 35° 30.7075' N 76° 28.6766' W on the east shore;

M. Pungo Creek - west of a line beginning at a point 35° 30.7633' N 76° 38.2831' W on Persimmon Tree Point; running southwesterly to a point 35° 31.1546' N 76° 37.7590' W on Windmill Point;

N. South Creek - west of a line beginning at a point 35° 21.7385' N 76° 41.5907' W on Hickory Point; running southerly to a point 35° 20.7534' N 76° 41.7870' W on Fork Point;

O. Bond Creek/Muddy Creek - south of a line beginning 35° 20.7534' N 76° 41.7870' W on Fork Point; running southeasterly to a point 35° 20.5632' N 76° 41.4645' W on Gum Point;

P. Goose Creek – south of a line beginning at a point 35° 19.7932’ N - 76° 37.5347’ W on the north shore of Lower Spring Creek; running easterly to a point 35° 19.8667’ N - 76°35.9333’ W on Fulford Point;

Q. Bay River – west of a line beginning at a point 35° 11.0333’ N - 76° 31.5666’ W on Bay Point; running southerly to a point 35° 09.0333’ N - 76° 32.1500’ W on Maw Point;

R. Adams Creek – south of a line beginning at a point 34° 57.3104’ N - 76° 41.1292’ W on the north shore of Godfrey Creek; running westerly to a point 34° 57. 5226’ N - 76° 40. 5630’ W on the east shore;

S. South River – southeast of a line beginning at a point 34° 58. 6524’ N - 76° 35. 4240’ W; running northeasterly to a point 34° 59.1936’ N - 76° 34.7657’ W on the west shore of Horton Bay;

T. West Bay - south of a line beginning at a point 35º 01.5700’N - 76º25.2850’W on Newstump Point ; running westerly to a point 35º 01.8982’N - 76º 21.7135’W on Point of Grass.

U. Western Pamlico Sound - west of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.4420' N - 76° 13.2680'W on Juniper Bay Point, running southwesterly to a point 35° 19.9157’ N - 76° 14.1860’ W near Juniper Bay Approach Light 2; running southerly to a point 35° 17.5254’ W - 76° 13.8147’ W near Juniper Bay Approach Light 1; running southerly to a point 35° 14.0088’ N - 76° 13.4580’ W near Lower Middle Ground Light “LM”; running southwesterly to a point 35° 08.0158’ N - 76° 17.5777’ W near Marker “BI” on the eastern end of Brant Island Shoal, running southwesterly to a point 35° 01.8982’ N - 76° 21.7135’ W on Point of Grass.

VII. GENERAL INFORMATION:

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03K .0201 and .0202.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03K .0206 requires a permit for the use of mechanical gear on private bottoms. Permits are available, at no cost, from all Division of Marine Fisheries License Offices.

D. It is unlawful to possess or sell oysters without a harvest tag affixed to each container in accordance with Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03K .0101 (d).

E. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03K .0204 lists areas closed to the use of mechanical methods to take oysters; 15A NCAC 03N .0104 prohibits the use of mechanical methods to take oysters or clams in primary nursery areas.

F. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03K .0209 prohibits the taking of oysters and clams and the use of mechanical methods for oystering or clamming in oyster sanctuaries designated in Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0117.

G. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03K .0106(a) prohibits the taking of oysters between the hours of sunset and sunrise on any day.

H. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0303 prohibits the use of dredges weighing more than 100 pounds except in the Atlantic Ocean; prohibits the use of more than one dredge per vessel to take oysters or crabs; and prohibits possession of oysters aboard a vessel with a dredge weighing more than 100 pounds.

I. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0101(14) defines mechanical methods for oystering.

J. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03K .0207 exempts permitted aquaculture operations from bag and size limit restrictions.

K. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation SF-8-2012 (Revised), dated December 19, 2012. It closes Pamlico River and part of southwestern Pamlico Sound to mechanical harvesting due to failure to meet the 26% legal-sized threshold approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission. Hand harvest of oysters will remain open in non-polluted waters in these areas according to the established harvest limits.

February 7, 2013
3:00 P.M.
SF-2-2013

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