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SF-7-2017 (REVISED)

PROCLAMATION

RE: 2017-2018 MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS FROM PUBLIC BOTTOM

This proclamation revises SF-7-2017 dated November 21, 2017. It changes the number of harvest days to three days a week in the New River areas for the entire open harvest season and allows no harvest on December 25, 2017. This proclamation contains no other changes and opens portions of Carteret and Onslow counties to the mechanical harvest of clams from public bottom.


Braxton C. Davis, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 7:30 A.M., Monday, December 4, 2017, the mechanical harvest of clams WILL OPEN with the following restrictions:

I.AREA DESCRIPTIONS
CARTERET, ONLSOW, AND PENDER COUNTIES

A. New River – The area downstream from the Highway 172 Bridge bounded on the north by a line beginning at a point 34° 34.9392' N – 77° 23. 9004' W near Pollocks Point; running southeasterly to a point 34° 34.2552' N – 77° 21.6588' W on Wilkins Bluff; running southwesterly to a point 34° 33.9660' N – 77° 21.9054' W at navigation channel Marker 17; and bounded on the south by a line beginning at a point 34° 34.6824' N – 77° 23.9604' W on the Highway 172 Bridge fender; running easterly to a point 34° 34.6572' N – 77° 23.7822' W on Ferry Point; running southeasterly to a point 34° 34.1430' N – 77° 23.1120' W on Poverty Point; running southeasterly to a point 34° 33.6900' N  77° 22.5144' W on Hall Point; running northeasterly to a point 34° 33.9660' N – 77° 21.9054' W at navigation channel Marker 17 (Map 5).

B. New River – From the navigation channel Marker 17 to the Intracoastal Waterway Marker #72A, only within 60 feet width of the marked and maintained navigation channel (Map 5).

C. New River – All public bottom from the Intracoastal Waterway Marker #72A to New River Inlet (Map 5). All tributaries will remain closed.

D. Core Sound, North River, Newport River, and Bogue Sound - Areas indicated by the hatched areas shown on the attached maps (Maps 1 through 4).

II. HARVEST DAYS/TIMES

A. Effective Monday, December 4, 2017 in areas described above in I.D Area Descriptions, persons holding a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License with a shellfish endorsement it is unlawful to use mechanical methods to take clams except from Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. only except that harvest is not allowed on Monday, December 25, 2017.

B. Effective Monday, December 4, 2017 in the areas described above in I.A, I.B, and I.C Area Descriptions persons holding a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License with a shellfish endorsement it is unlawful to use mechanical methods to take clams except from Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. only except that harvest is not allowed on Monday, December 25, 2017.

C. Beginning Tuesday, December 26, 2017, in all areas described above in I. (A, B, C, & D) Area Descriptions and for the remainder of the season, it is unlawful to use mechanical methods to take clams except from Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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 the daily harvest limit as specified below: 1.5,000 clams (20 bags at 250 clams per bag) per commercial fishing operation in Core Sound.
2.3,750 clams (15 bags at 250 clams per bag) per commercial fishing operation in North River, Newport River, and Bogue Sound.
3.6,250 clams (25 bags at 250 clams per bag) per commercial fishing operation in New River, and all public bottoms from Intracoastal Waterway Marker #72A to New River Inlet.

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.privately 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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