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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SF-09-2017

Marine Fisheries

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IV. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess oysters less than three (3) inches shell length for oysters taken on public or private bottom. (See General Information Section VII. J.)

V. MECHANICAL HARVEST SEASON
The season for harvesting oysters by mechanical methods shall be monitored and changes in harvest areas may be implemented by proclamation at a later date.

VI. AREA RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful for persons holding a Standard Commercial Fishing License with a shellfish endorsement to take or possess more than ten (10) bushels of oysters per fishing operation per day in the following areas regardless of the number of persons, license holders, or vessels involved (see General Information Section VII. E.). The harvest vessel is a part of the fishing operation.:
1. Wysocking Bay – northwest of a line beginning at a point 35° 22.9684' N 76° 03.7129' W on Benson Point, running northeasterly to a point 35° 24.6895' N 76° 01.3155' W on Long Point;
2. East Bluff Bay – northwest of a line beginning at a point 35 ° 19.5333’ N - 76 ° 09.3333’ W on Bluff Point; running northeasterly to a point 35 ° 21. 2784’ N - 76 ° 06.7572’ W on North Bluff Point;
3. West Bluff Bay – north of a line beginning at a point 35 ° 20.3413’ N - 76 ° 12.3378’ W on the east shore of Cunning Harbor; running easterly to a point 35 ° 19.5333’ N - 76 ° 09.3333’ W on Bluff Point;
4. Juniper Bay Cunning Harbor – north of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.6217' N 76° 15.5447' W on the west shore of Juniper Bay, running easterly to a point 35° 20.4372' N - 76° 13.2697' W; running easterly to a point 35° 20.3413' N 76° 12.3378' W on the east shore of Cunning Harbor;
5. Swanquarter Bay – north of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.9500' N – 76° 20.6409' W at The Narrows, running easterly to a point 35° 21.5959' N 76° 18.3580' W on the east shore and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 23.5651' N - 76° 20.6715' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 23.6988' N - 76° 20.0025' W;
6. Deep Cove The Narrows – north and east of a line beginning at a point 35° 20.9790' N 76° 23.8577' W on the west shore; running southeasterly to a point 35° 20.5321' N 76° 22.7869' W on Swanquarter Island, and west of a line at The Narrows beginning at a point 35° 20.9500' N 76° 20.6409' W on the north shore, running southerly to a point 35° 20.7025' N 76° 20.5620' W on Swanquarter Island;
7. Rose Bay – north of a line beginning at a point 35° 23.3404' N 76° 26.2491' W on Long Point, running southeasterly to a point 35° 22.4891' N 76° 25.2012' W on Drum Point;
8. Spencer Bay – northwest of a line beginning at a point 35° 22.3866' N 76° 27.9225' W on Roos Point, running northeasterly to a point 35° 23.3404' N 76° 26.2491' W on Long Point and southeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 24.3129' N 76° 28.5300' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35° 23.9681' N 76° 28.7671' W;
9. Slade Creek – east of a line beginning at a point 35° 27.8879' N 76° 32.9906' W on the west shore; running southeasterly to a point 35° 27.6510' N 76° 32.7361' W on the east shore and north of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 27.9168' N 76° 30.5189' W; running westerly to the south shore to a point 35° 27.9532' N 76° 30.7140' W;
10. Scranton Creek – south and east of a line beginning at a point 35° 30.6810' N 76° 28.3435' W on the west shore; running easterly to a point 35° 30.7075' N 76° 28.6766' W on the east shore;
11. Pungo Creek – west of a line beginning at a point 35° 30.7633' N 76° 38.2831' W on Persimmon Tree Point; running southwesterly to a point 35° 31.1546' N 76° 37.7590' W on Windmill Point and east of a line beginning at a point on the north shore 35° 29.9986' N - 76° 40.3564' W; running southerly to a point on the south shore 35° 29.8887' N - 76° 40.3262' W;
12. South Creek – west of a line beginning at a point 35° 21.7385' N 76° 41.5907' W on Hickory Point; running southerly to a point 35° 20.7534' N 76° 41.7870' W on Fork Point and north of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 35° 18.9589' N – 76° 47.4298' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore 35° 18.9994' N – 76° 47.3007' W;
13. Bond Creek/Muddy Creek – south of a line beginning 35° 20.7534' N 76° 41.7870' W on Fork Point; running southeasterly to a point 35° 20.5632' N 76° 41.4645' W on Gum Point and north of the Inland-Coastal Waters boundary line in each creek;
14. Goose Creek – south of a line beginning at a point 35 ° 19.7932’ N - 76 ° 37.5347’ W on the north shore of Lower Spring Creek; running easterly to a point 35 ° 19.8667’ N - 76 °35.9333’ W on Fulford Point;
B. It is unlawful to harvest oysters by mechanical methods in the Southwestern Pamlico Sound and Neuse River and its tributaries– all waters southwest and west of a line beginning at a point 35° 13.2267’ N – 76° 29.5420’ W on Sow Island Point, running southeasterly to a point near Marker “BI” 35° 08.0158’ N - 76°17.5777’ W on the eastern end of Brant Island Shoal, running southwesterly to a point 35° 01.8982’ N - 76° 21.7135’ W on Point of Grass.
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