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SH-7-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: CRAB TRAWLING AND TAKING SHRIMP WITH NETS — OPENING CORE SOUND BAYS, WEST BAY, AND TURNAGAIN BAY

This proclamation supersedes proclamation SH-5-2017, dated August 15, 2017. This proclamation opens the special secondary nursery areas of Core Sound, West Bay in Pamlico Sound, and Turnagain Bay in the Neuse River, 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.

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 5:00 P.M., Sunday, September 24, 2017, all Coastal Fishing Waters in the central and northern regions north of Marker 45 near Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border shall 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 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 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 Section III General Information I., J., L., M., and N. 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. J. 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. ATLANTIC OCEAN – west of a line at the hook of Cape Lookout as described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule15A NCAC 03R .0106 (6). (Map 11)

B. ROANOKE SOUND/CROATAN SOUND AREA:
1. Shallowbag Bay – east of the permanent secondary nursery area line described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0104 (1). (Map 1)
2. Broad Creek – south of the primary nursery area line described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0103 (1)(b). (Map 1)
3. Kitty Hawk Bay – north of the special secondary nursery area line described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0105 (1)(b). (Map 1)
4. Buzzard Bay - south of the special secondary nursery area line described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0105 (1)(b). (Map 1)
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