FF-8-2006

PROCLAMATION
RE: RIVER HERRING

Preston P. Pate, Jr., Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, February 5, 2006, the river herring season shall open and the following restrictions shall apply to the harvest:

SEASON

The river herring season in all Coastal and Joint waters areas, excluding the Albemarle Sound Herring Management Area and the Chowan River Herring Management Area, shall open with no harvest restrictions and will close at midnight on Friday, April 14, 2006.

The river herring commercial season in the Albemarle Sound Herring Management Area and the Chowan River Herring Management Area will close when the poundage allocations specified below are reached. Proclamations closing the fisheries will be issued at that time.

The river herring season for recreational purposes in all Coastal and Joint water areas of the state shall close at midnight on Friday, April 14, 2006.

AREA DESCRIPTION

The Albemarle Sound Herring Management Area and the Chowan River Herring Management Area as described in Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3J .0209.

HARVEST LIMITS

Commercial River Herring Management Areas

1. The quota allocation, as set forth by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, for the pound net fishery in the Chowan River Herring Management Area will be limited to 65,000 pounds.

2. The quota allocation for commercial gill net fisheries within the Albemarle Sound Herring Management Area and Chowan River Herring Management Area will be limited to 30,000 pounds.

3. An additional 5,000 pounds is available to be allocated at the discretion of the Fisheries Director for other gears or pound nets in systems outside Chowan River.

All Other Areas

Commercial quota allocations are not established for any other Coastal or Joint waters.

Recreational Limits

No person, including RCGL holders, shall take or possess more than 12 blueback herring or alewife (river herring), in the aggregate, per person, per day, taken for recreational purposes in any Coastal or Joint waters.

GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-183; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 3H .0103, 3I .0102 and 3M .0513.

It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3H .0103.

This proclamation action is taken due to temporary suspension of Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3M .0513 (b) and (d). All other provisions of this rule remain in effect. Variable conditions are that the Marine Fisheries Commission has implemented interim measures as a result of the River Herring Fishery Management Plan that differ from those in the present rule. This proclamation implements those more restrictive harvest measures for the 2006 season only.

In the Albemarle Sound Herring Management and Chowan River Herring Management Areas, it is unlawful to use drift gill nets with a mesh length less than 3 inches from January 1 through May 15 in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule15A NCAC 3J .0209 (b).

E. N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3O .0503 (b)(3) requires dealer permits and related reporting requirements.

 

 

February 2, 2006
3:45 P.M.
FF-8-2006
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