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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SH-04-2016

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SH-4-2016

PROCLAMATION

RE: CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS


Braxton Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 5:00 P.M., Sunday, July 17, 2016, 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.

A. Carteret/Onslow County
1. Bogue Inlet Channel — as shown on the attached map. (Map 1)
2. Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) from Bogue Inlet to Marker 45 at Swansboro — main channel only. (Map 1)
3. Intracoastal Waterway from Marker 45 at Swansboro to Marker 63 south of Browns Inlet — as shown on the attached maps (Maps 1 & 2)
4. West Channel - (Island Channel) — main channel only from Buoy 47A to IWW Marker 45B. (Map 1)
5. White Oak River — south of a line beginning at a point 34° 43.3425’N — 77° 07.2209’W on the west side of the river; running northerly to a point 34° 43.6445’N — 77° 07.3177’W above Cahoon Slough; running easterly to a point 34° 43.5588’N — 77°06.6206’W at Hancock Point. (Map 1)
6. Queens Creek - from the IWW to NC1509 Bridge. (Maps 1 & 2)
7. Bear Creek - from the IWW to Willis Landing. (Map 2)
8. West Channel - main channel only from Marker 48 to Bogue Inlet. (Map 1)
9. Banks Channel - main channel only from Bogue Inlet to Bear Inlet. (Maps 1 & 2)
10. Saunders Creek (Sanders Creek) - main channel only from Marker 55 to Bear Inlet. (Map 2)
11. Bear Creek - from the IWW to Bear Inlet. (Map 2)
12. Muddy Creek - main channel only, from Bear Creek to Saunders Creek. (Map 2)
13. Shacklefoot Channel - from Marker 59 to Bear Inlet including the area known locally as the "Horseshoe." (Map 2)
14. Uniflite Boat Basin - dredged portion only, from IWW near Marker 55 to the upstream end of the dredged portion. (Map 2)
15. Browns Inlet area - main channels only, from Markers 61 and 63 to the Inlet. (Map 2)
16. Intracoastal Waterway from Marker 63 south of Browns Inlet to Marker 17 north of the Highway 210 Bridge — main channel only (Maps 2 and 3).
17. New River - the area downstream from the Highway 172 Bridge bounded on the north by a line beginning at a point 34° 34.9167' N — 77° 23.9500' W near Pollocks Point; running southeasterly to a point 34° 34.6333' N — 77° 22.9167' W on Jarretts Point; running southeasterly to a point 34° 34.2333' N — 77° 21.6500' W on Wilkins Bluff; running southwesterly to a point 34° 33.9500' N — 77° 21.8833' W on the north side of the marked navigation channel across from Marker 17; running along the north side of the channel to the IWW; and bounded on the south by a line beginning at a point 34° 34.6333' N — 77° 23.9500' W on the Highway 172 Bridge; running easterly to a point 34° 34.6570' N — 77° 23.7820' W on Ferry Point; running southeasterly to a point 34° 34.1430' N — 77° 23.1120'W on Poverty Point; following the south shore of the river to a point 34° 33.1333' N — 77° 21.7833' W on Hatch Point; and running southeasterly to IWW Marker 2. (Map 3)
18. New River Inlet - from Marker 72A to New River Inlet except all tributaries will remain closed. (Map 3)
B. Pender County
1. Intracoastal Waterway from Highway 50 Bridge at Surf City to Marker 105 at Greens Channel — main channel only. (Maps 4 & 5) except from;
a. Sloop Point Area of the IWW from the Highway 50 Bridge at Surf City to Marker 93 - the IWW marked channel to 100 feet either side. All bays, creeks, and tributaries including dredged canals will remain closed. (Map 4)
b. IWW from Marker 78 near Edens Landing to Sloop Point - an additional 100 feet on the northern side of the IWW from Marker 78 near Edens Landing to a point 34°24.7864’ N — 77°35.5833’ W at Sloop Point. All bays, creeks, and tributaries including dredged canals will remain closed. (Map 4)
3. Topsail Sound - from Marker 86 to New Topsail Inlet except all bays, creeks, and tributaries including dredged canals will remain closed. (Map 4)
4. Marker 98 Channel (Howards Channel) - main channel only, from Marker 98 to New Topsail Inlet. (Map 5)
5. Green Channel - main channel only, from Marker 105 to Rich Inlet. (Map 5)
6. Nixon Channel - main channel only, from the IWW to Rich Inlet. (Map 5)
7. Butler Creek (Utleys Channel) - main channel only, from the IWW north of Marker 112 to Nixon Channel. (Map 5)
8. The area west of the Intracoastal Waterway Channel from Marker 93 near Sloop Point to Marker 105 at Greens Channel - the IWW channel except all bays, creeks, and tributaries, including dredged canals will remain closed. (Maps 4 & 5)
C. New Hanover County
1. Intracoastal Waterway from the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge to Marker 163 at Snows Cut — main channel only except from Marker 139 to Marker 146 which is closed. (Maps 5 & 6)
2. Mason Channel from the Intracoastal Waterway opposite the mouth of Pages Creek to Mason Inlet - main channel only. (Map 5)
3. Carolina Beach Boat Basin - from Marker 161 to the municipal docks. (Map 6)
4. Stokley Cut (Old Moores Inlet Channel) - from the IWW near Marker 125 to Old Moore Inlet, including the dredged basin except all tributaries to the channel and the basin will remain closed. (Map 5)
5. Lee's Cut (Spring Landing Channel) - from the IWW to US 74 Bridge at Banks Channel, including the area known locally as "The Lagoon" except all tributaries to the channel and lagoon will remain closed. (Map 5)
6. Banks Channel - from US 74 Bridge to Masonboro Inlet except all tributaries to the channel and lagoon will remain closed. (Map 5)
7. Mott Channel - from the IWW near Marker 127 to Banks Channel, including the area known locally as the "The Borrow Pit" or "The Everett Hole" located adjacent to Mott Channel from Marker 22 to near Marker 26. (Map 5)
D. Brunswick County
1. Cape Fear River - all waters south of a line beginning at a point 34° 04.6040’ N — 77° 56.4780’ W on the west shore; running easterly to a point 34° 04.7920’N — 77°55.4740’W on the east shore except those areas south of a line beginning at a point 34° 01.5780' N — 77° 56.0010' W on the south side of the Spoil Island at the intersection of the IWW and the Cape Fear River Ship Channel, running easterly to a point 34° 01.7230' N — 77° 55.0101' W on the east shore of the Cape Fear River including those areas south of the area opened and east of the IWW known as "Dow Chemical Bay and "Radar Dome Bay", will remain closed. (Maps 6 & 7)
2. Elizabeth River - main channel only, including Lower Dutchman Creek from the IWW to the Cape Fear River except all tributaries of Elizabeth River and Dutchman Creek, that portion of Elizabeth River west of the Marker 7, and that portion of Dutchman Creek north of the IWW will remain closed. (Map 7)
3. Intracoastal Waterway Channel only - from Marker 1 near Southport to the new Oak Island Bridge (E.F. Middleton Blvd / SR 1500). The portion of the IWW from the Sunset Beach Bridge to the North Carolina — South Carolina Boarder will remain closed. (Maps 7-10)
4. Eastern Channel (Montgomery Slough) - main channel only, from Blue Water Point Marina to Lockwoods Folly Inlet including the channel from Marker 36 to Blue Water Point Marina. (Map 8)
5. Lockwood Folly River Inlet Channel - from the IWW to the Atlantic Ocean. (Map 8)
6. Shallotte River Inlet - from the Marker 75 to the Atlantic Ocean. (Map 9)
7. Jinks Creek — from the IWW to Tubbs Inlet. (Map 10)
8. Bonaparte Creek - main channel only from the Marker 111 to Little River Inlet. (Map 10)
E. Atlantic Ocean
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