RE: AMERICAN SHAD AND HICKORY SHAD
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, January 20, 2011, the following restrictions will apply to the harvest of American and hickory shad:
A. The American shad harvest season in the internal coastal and joint fishing waters of the state, excluding the Atlantic Ocean, will open at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, January 20, 2011.
B. The hickory shad harvest season in the Atlantic Ocean, internal coastal and joint waters of the state will open at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, January 20, 2011.
II. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-134; 113-181; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03M .0512.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes.
D. The season for the commercial harvest of American and hickory shad will close at 12:00 midnight, Thursday, April 14, 2011, pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0519.
E. The intent of this proclamation is to close the Atlantic Ocean waters of the state to the harvest of American shad in accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Shad Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3.
January 18, 2011