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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SH-06-2017

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III. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03L .0101 and .0202.

B. In accordance with Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103 it is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority.

C. Shellfish Management Areas which have been designated by proclamation are closed to the use of trawl nets, long haul seines, and swipe nets.

D. In accordance with Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0211 it is unlawful to use any bottom disturbing fishing gear on any shellfish lease or franchise unless it has been duly authorized by the Fisheries Director. In accordance with Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0204(f), the Division has no duty to protect any shellfish bottom lease, franchise, or water column lease not marked in accordance with Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0204(a).

E. Hatched areas on the attached maps indicate those areas closed to shrimp and crab trawling, seines, and cast nets except as specified in G. below.

F. In accordance with Rule 15 NCAC 03I .0121 the Division of Marine Fisheries will mark the areas to be opened with signs insofar as may be practical. No unauthorized removal or relocation of any such sign shall have the effect of changing the area opened, nor shall any such unauthorized removal or relocation or the absence of any sign affect the applicability of this proclamation. Where there is conflict between signs and boundary descriptions, boundary descriptions shall prevail.

G. In accordance with 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 closed areas with a cast net.

H. In accordance with Rule 15A NCAC 03L .0103 (c) which describes the areas where it is unlawful to use trawls with a combined headrope length greater than 90 feet.

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

J. Proclamation SH-2-2015 dated May 12, 2015, describes required Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) to be used in shrimp trawls. 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 percent of equal weight of combined catch, but no more than 100 pounds.

K. Taking shrimp with pots is not governed by this proclamation. In accordance with Rule 15A NCAC 3J .0301 shrimp pots may be used to take shrimp.

L. In accordance with Rules 15A NCAC 03J .0104 and 03L .0102 and .0103 which place further restrictions on areas, gear, seasons, and time for the taking of shrimp with nets.

M. 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.

N. 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.

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

P. This proclamation supersedes SH-2-2017, dated May 12, 2017. This proclamation opens areas of the New River and Stump Sound to crab trawling and the taking of shrimp with nets. Those areas are the area upstream of the N.C. Highway 172 Bridge and the IWW from Marker #17 to the 210 High Rise Bridge in the main channel only and from Marker #49 to the Highway 50 Bridge at Surf City in the main channel and 100 feet on either side.

 

 

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

August 31, 2017
4:21 P.M.
SH-6-2017

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