RE: MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 24, 2011, the following area will temporarily open to the harvest of clams by mechanical means:
I. AREA: CARTERET COUNTY
Core Creek Area All public bottoms in the maintained cut of the Intracoastal Waterway in Core Creek from the Jarrett Bay Boatworks facility south to the southern end of the prohibited area approximately 350 yards south of Marker “21". Eastman Creek and Bell Creek will remain CLOSED to mechanical harvest of clams.
Harvest will be allowed from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Mondays through Fridays. A maximum daily harvest limit of 12,500 clams (50 bags at 250 clams per bag) in possession will be allowed per fishing operation on Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, 2011. A maximum daily harvest limit of 8,750 clams (35 bags at 250 clams per bag) in possession will be allowed per fishing operation from Monday, March 28, 2011 until the area is closed by rainfall or proclamation. The minimum size limit will apply. No mechanical harvesting shall take place within 25 feet of private piers or seawalls.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION:
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-182; 113-221 (e); 143B- 289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03K .0301 and .0302.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. This is a temporary opening based on current biological conditions and will close when the area is closed again for the protection of public health.
March 23, 2011