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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SH-02-2017

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SH-2-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS – SOUTHERN REGION

This proclamation supersedes SH-7-2016, dated October 3, 2016. This proclamation specifically describes areas open to the taking of blue crabs with trawls and shrimp with nets in the southern coastal region from Marker 45 near Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The New River shrimping boundary lines have been modified to protect bay scallop habitat according to management measures adopted in Amendment 2 of the N.C. Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan.

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 5:00 P.M., Sunday, May 14, 2017, all Coastal Fishing Waters south of Marker 45 near Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina-South Carolina border will close to crab trawling and the taking of shrimp with nets except as specified below.

I. MEANS AND METHODS

A. It is unlawful to take crabs with trawls except in areas and during times as specified in Section II.

B. It is unlawful to take shrimp with nets except:
1. Shrimp and crab trawls, seines and cast nets in areas and during times as specified in Section II;
2. Cast nets in accordance with N.C Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03L .0105;
3. Pound nets permitted in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 03J .0502;
4. Pound nets authorized for use in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 03O .0302;
5. Channel nets in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0106;
6. Fyke nets in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0111.

See III. General Information G., H., and J. below for further restrictions on taking shrimp with nets.

II. AREAS – All primary, permanent secondary and special secondary nursery areas and trawl nets prohibited areas in the waterbodies listed below are closed to the taking of shrimp with seines and cast nets except as noted in Section III. G. below and, for special secondary nursery areas, until the areas are opened to trawling in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03N .0105.

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