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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SF-07-2018

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SF-7-2018

PROCLAMATION

RE: 2018-2019 MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS FROM PUBLIC BOTTOM

This proclamation opens portions of Carteret, Onslow, and Pender counties to the commercial harvest of clams from public bottom by mechanical methods in accordance with the N.C. Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 7:30 A.M., Monday, December 10, 2018, the mechanical harvest of clams WILL OPEN with the following restrictions:

I. AREA DESCRIPTIONS

CARTERET, ONLSOW, AND PENDER COUNTIES

A. Core Sound (North and South portions), North River, Newport River, Bogue Sound, and White Oak River - Areas indicated by the hatched areas shown on the attached maps (Maps 1 through 5).

B. All public bottoms from Intracoastal Waterway Marker #72A to New River Inlet (No map). All tributaries will remain closed.

C. All public bottoms in the Intracoastal Waterway (maintained marked channel only) from Marker #65, south of Sallier's Bay, to Marker #49 at Morris Landing (Map 6).

D. All public bottoms within and 100 feet on either side of the Intracoastal Waterway from Marker #49 at Morris Landing to the "BC" Marker at Banks Channel (Map 7).

II. HARVEST DAYS/TIMES
In areas described above in I., persons holding a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License with a shellfish endorsement may use mechanical methods to harvest clams:

A. During the two weeks starting December 10, 2018 and December 17, 2018 Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

B. During the week starting December 24, 2018 Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

C. Beginning December 31, 2018 and for the remainder of the season, mechanical methods may be used to take clams Mondays through Wednesdays from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. only.

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 White Oak River, the Intracoastal Waterway (maintained marked channel only) from Marker #65, south of Sallier's Bay to Marker #49 at Morris Landing, all public bottoms within and 100 feet on either side of the Intracoastal Waterway from Marker #49 at Morris Landing to the "BC" Marker at Banks Channel. 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. 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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