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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SF-03-2019

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SF-3-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS – TEMPORARY OPENING – CORE CREEK


This proclamation temporarily opens a portion of Core Creek, Carteret County to the mechanical harvest of clams, based on current biological conditions and will close to the harvest of clams for the protection of public health if bacteriological levels increase due to rainfall.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 7:30 A.M. on Monday, June 3, 2019, the following area will temporarily open to the mechanical harvest of clams.

I. AREA DESCRIPTIONS

CARTERET COUNTY
All those waters in the maintained cut of the Intracoastal Waterway in Core Creek bordered on the north by a line beginning to a point 34° 48.1471’ N – 76° 41.2646’ W on the western shore; running easterly to a point 34° 48.1442’ N - 76° 41.1985’ W near the southern end of the True World Marine dock; and running south to a point 34° 47.0312’ N - 76° 41.1425’ W running westerly to a point 34° 47.0207’ N - 76° 41.2459’ W and running along the shoreline to the beginning. Eastman Creek and Bell Creek will remain closed from the mouth upstream to the harvest of clams (see map).

II. HARVEST DAYS/TIMES
In areas described above in Section I., persons holding a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License with a shellfish endorsement may use mechanical methods to harvest clams from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Mondays through Fridays.

III. HARVEST LIMITS

A. It is unlawful for persons holding a Standard Commercial Fishing License with a shellfish endorsement to take or possess more than 8,750 clams (35 bags at 250 clams open bag) a day.

B. A daily harvest limit by a commercial fishing operation shall not exceed the maximum daily harvest limits set above, regardless of the number of persons, license holders or harvest methods employed.

IV. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful to take clams by mechanical methods within 25 feet of:
1. Permitted marked and maintained navigation channels and piers,
2. all marked shellfish leases except as allowed by N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03K.0111, and
3. natural or live oyster beds.
B. It is unlawful to transfer clams from the catching vessel to any other vessel or transport clams by any vessel other than the vessel from which they are caught.
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