III. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 3H .0103, 3K .0201, 3K .0202 and 3K .0205. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 3K Sections .0100 et seq. and .0200 et seq. specify conditions, restrictions and authority granted to the Fisheries Director for management of oyster stocks.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 3H .0103.
C. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 3K .0102 prohibits the taking of oysters with rakes more than 12 inches wide or weighing more than six pounds.
D. N.C Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 3K .0207 exempts permitted aquaculture operations from bag and size limit restrictions.
E. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 3K .0209 prohibits the taking of oysters from oyster sanctuaries designated in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 3R .0117.
F. Maps are provided to aid in the identification of the specified harvest areas. Maps do NOT supersede existing rules or supersede proclamations closing areas to harvest by reason of pollution. Polluted Area maps can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/shellfish-closure-maps.
G. This proclamation supersedes SF-7-2013, dated October 3, 2013 and clarifies harvest limits in primary nursery areas.
November 1, 2013