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I. Proclamation SH-2-2015 dated May 12, 2015, describes required Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) to be used in shrimp trawls (http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-sh-02-2015). Proclamation FF-55-2012 dated November 9, 2012 limits the amount of weakfish bycatch that can be taken with shrimp or crab trawls to 50% of equal weight of combined catch, but no more than 100 pounds.

J. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03L .0105 it is unlawful to take or possess shrimp from areas closed to the taking of shrimp except four quarts of shrimp (heads on) or two and one half quarts (heads off) per person per day may be taken while fishing in a closed area with a cast net.

K. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A 03L .0205 (a) it is unlawful to use trawls in Crab Spawning Sanctuaries described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A 03R .0110 from March 1 through August 31.

L. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03L .0103 (c) describes the areas in which it is unlawful to use trawls with a combined headrope length greater than 90 feet (mouths of the Neuse and Pamlico rivers and all of Bay River).

M. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 03L .0103 (d) describes areas in which it is unlawful to use trawls with a combined headrope length greater than 220 feet (lower mouth areas of the Neuse and Pamlico rivers and Pamlico Sound).

N. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0114 describes the areas in Pamlico, Pungo and Neuse rivers above which shrimp trawls are prohibited. Crab trawling, however, is still permitted in those areas.

O. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0104 (f) it is unlawful to use shrimp trawls for the taking of blue crabs in internal waters, except that it shall be permissible to take or possess blue crab incidental to commercial shrimp trawling provided the total weight of blue crabs shall not exceed 50 percent of the total weight of the combined blue crab and shrimp catch; or 300 pounds, whichever is greater.

P. Taking shrimp with pots is not governed by this proclamation. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0301 shrimp pots may be used to take shrimp.

Q. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03J .0104 and 03L .0102 and .0103 place further restrictions on areas, gear, seasons and time for the taking of shrimp with nets.

R. Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net.

S. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

T. The intent of this proclamation is to close waters from Marker 45 near Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border to crab trawling and the taking of shrimp with nets except those areas described in this proclamation.

U. This proclamation supersedes proclamation SH-4-2017, dated July 21, 2017. This proclamation opens the special secondary nursery area of Outer Shallowbag Bay in Dare County and specifically describes areas open to the taking of blue crabs by trawls and shrimp with nets in the central and northern coastal region from Marker 45 near Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

 

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

August 15, 2017
8:35 A.M.
SH-5-2017

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