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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SF-4-2012

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SF-4-2012

PROCLAMATION

RE: 2012 OYSTER HAND HARVEST RESTRICTIONS


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at sunrise, Monday, October 15, 2012, the following restrictions shall apply to the oyster fishery:

I. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

A. MEANS AND METHODS
1. Oysters may be taken by hand and hand operated implements only. See General Information Section II. E. for further gear restrictions.
2. Oysters may not be transferred from the harvesting vessel to any other vessel during oyster harvesting operations or be transported by any vessel other than the vessel in which they are harvested.
3. It is unlawful to possess commercial and recreational limits of oysters aboard the same vessel.
4. It is unlawful to sell oysters taken on Saturday and Sunday from public bottom
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. Properly licensed persons may take or possess no more than five (5) bushels of oysters per day and may not exceed a total of ten (10) bushels in any combined commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons 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 and south of the Highway 12 bridges on Thorofare and Nelson bays; and south of the Highway 101 bridges on Core and Harlowe creeks.
2. Properly licensed persons may take or possess no more than fifteen (15) bushels in any combined commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons 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 west and north of the Highway 12 bridges on Thorofare and Nelson bays, and north of the Highway 101 bridges on Core and Harlowe creeks.
3. Unlicensed persons and harvesters taking oysters only for personal consumption may take one bushel of oysters per person per day not to exceed two bushels per vessel per day for recreational purposes seven days a week (see I.A.3. above).
D. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT - The size limit will be three (3) inches shell length for oysters taken on public or private grounds. (See General Information Section II. F. below)
 

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