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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SS-2-2015

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SS-2-2015

PROCLAMATION

RE: 2015 TEMPERATURE CONTROLS – CLOSED SEASON OYSTER HARVEST

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective immediately the following restrictions will apply to the harvest, transport and storage of oysters taken from shellfish leases and franchises in Coastal Fishing Waters:

I. TIME PERIOD

The following restrictions are in effect for all commercial oyster harvesting operations for the time period of April 1 through September 30.

Relaying and transplanting activities are not considered harvesting operations.

II. NOTIFICATION AND TAGGING REQUIREMENTS

A. It is unlawful for shellfish lease or franchise holders to fail to notify the N.C. Marine Fisheries, Habitat and Enhancement Section by telephone at 800-682-2632 extension 8048 or 252-808-8048 prior to beginning oyster harvest from shellfish leases or franchises during the June through September time period. Only one call for the entire June through September time period is required.

B. It is unlawful to possess oysters in a commercial fishing operation without a harvest tag recording the time of the start of harvest and the information as described in 15A NCAC 03K .0109, affixed to each container of oysters. The time of the start of harvest shall be the time when the first oyster is initially removed from the water.

III. TRANSPORT AND STORAGE RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful for harvesters to fail to deliver oysters harvested from shellfish leases and franchises in Coastal Fishing Waters to a licensed shellfish dealer within 12 hours of the time of the start of harvest from April 1 through May 31.

B. It is unlawful for harvesters to fail to deliver oysters harvested from shellfish leases and franchises in Coastal Fishing waters to a licensed shellfish dealer within 5 hours of the start of harvest from June 1 through September 30.

C. It is unlawful for a licensed shellfish dealer to receive oysters from Coastal Fishing Waters where the interval between the time of the start of harvest on the harvest tag attached to the container of oysters and the time of receipt exceeds 12 hours from April 1 through May 31.

D. It is unlawful for a licensed shellfish dealer to fail to place oysters under mechanical refrigeration within two hours of receipt from a harvester from April 1 through May 31.

E. It is unlawful for a licensed shellfish dealer to receive oysters from Coastal Fishing Waters where the interval between the time of the start of harvest on the harvest tag attached to the container of oysters and the time of receipt exceeds 5 hours from June 1 through September 30.

F. It is unlawful for a licensed shellfish dealer to fail to place oysters under mechanical refrigeration within 5 hours after start of harvest from June 1 through September 30.

G. It is unlawful for a licensed shellfish dealer to fail to record the following information when receiving oysters from shellfish leases or franchises in Coastal Fishing Waters:
1. Harvester;
2. Harvest area;
3. Time of the start of harvest;
4. Quantity and type of shellfish received;
5. Time shellfish were received; and
6. Time shellfish were refrigerated.
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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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