RE: HORSESHOE CRABS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M, Thursday, April 7, 2011, the following restrictions will apply to the commercial horseshoe crab fishery:
I. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
It is unlawful to possess more than 150 horseshoe crabs per vessel per trip.
II. 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 NC Marine Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 15A NCAC 03L .0207.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the N.C. Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-6-2010, dated March 26, 2010, which opened the horseshoe crab harvest season and Proclamation M-14-2011, dated April 4, 2011. The effective date was incorrect and should have been Thursday, April 7, 2011 and not 2010.
April 8, 2011