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SF-6-2015 (REVISED)

PROCLAMATION

RE: 2015-2016 OYSTER HAND HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at sunrise, Monday, December 14, 2015, the following restrictions shall apply to the oyster fishery:

HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

A. MEANS AND METHODS
1. Oysters may be taken by hand and hand operated implements only (excluding dredges pulled by hand except as described below in (5)). See General Information Section III. for further gear restrictions.
2. 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 were harvested.

It is unlawful to possess commercial and recreational limits of oysters aboard the same vessel.

It is unlawful to sell oysters taken on Saturday and Sunday from public bottom.

It is unlawful to pull a dredge by hand to take oysters except in an area that is open for mechanical harvest of oysters.
B. HARVEST DAYS - Oyster harvest will be allowed Monday through Friday of each week except as provided in C. 3. below.

C. COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL HARVEST LIMITS
1. It is unlawful for properly licensed persons to take or possess more than five (5) bushels of oysters per day and shall not exceed a total of ten (10) bushels in any combined commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons, license holders or boats that may be involved, in Coastal Fishing Waters in the following area:

South and west of a line beginning at a point 35°00.1000’ N - 76°14.8667’W near Hog Island Reef; running easterly to a point 34°58.7853’N - 76°09.8922’W on Core Banks; and east of Highway 12 bridge at Thorofare Bay and north of Highway 70 bridge at Salter’s Creek and south of the Highway 101 bridges on Core and Harlowe creeks.

2. It is unlawful for properly licensed persons to take or possess more than fifteen (15) bushels in any combined commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons, license holders or boats that may be involved, in the following area except as specified in Section II. below:

North and east of a line beginning at a point 35°00.1000’ N - 76°14.8667’W near Hog Island Reef; running easterly to a point 34°58.7853’N - 76°09.8922’W on Core Banks; and east of Highway 12 bridge at Thorofare Bay, north of Highway 70 bridge at Salter’s Creek and north of the Highway 101 bridges on Core and Harlowe creeks.

It is unlawful for unlicensed persons and harvesters taking oysters for personal consumption to take or possess more than one (1) bushel of oysters per person per day not to exceed two (2) bushels per vessel per day for recreational purposes seven days a week (see I.A.3. above).
D. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT - It is unlawful to possess oysters less than three (3) inches shell length for oysters taken on public or private grounds. (See General Information Section III. D. below)
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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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