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NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SF-03-2014

Marine Fisheries

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III. QUANTITY
Properly licensed persons may take or possess no more than fifteen (15) bushels of oysters per fishing operation per day, regardless of the number of persons or vessels involved. (See General Information Section VII. I.)

IV. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
The size limit will be three (3) inches shell length for oysters taken on public or private grounds. (See General Information Section VII. I.)

V. MECHANICAL HARVEST SEASON
The season for harvesting oysters by mechanical methods shall be monitored and changes in harvest areas or season length may be implemented by proclamation at a later date.

VI. AREA RESTRICTIONS
It is unlawful to harvest oysters by mechanical methods in the following areas:

A. Wysocking Bay - northwest of a line beginning at a point 35° 22.9684' N 76° 03.7129' W on Benson Point, running northeasterly to a point 35° 24.6895' N 76° 01.3155' W on Long Point;

B. East Bluff Bay – northwest of a line beginning at a point 35° 19.5333’ N - 76° 09.3333’ W on Bluff Point; running northeasterly to a point 35° 21.2784’ N - 76° 06. 7572’ W on North Bluff Point;

C. West Bluff Bay – north of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.3413’ N - 76° 12.3378’ W on the east shore of Cunning Harbor; running easterly to a point 35° 19.5333’ N - 76° 09.3333’ W on Bluff Point;

D. Cunning Harbor -  north of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.4372’ N - 76° 13.2697' W on the west shore of Cunning Harbor; running easterly to a point 35° 20.3413' N 76° 12.3378' W on the east shore of Cunning Harbor;

E. 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. (See attached map)
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