MOREHEAD CITY – Newly amended rules pertaining to special secondary nursery areas will go into effect Saturday, May 1.
The rule changes, readopted by the Marine Fisheries Commission in February 2021 under a state-mandated periodic review schedule, reclassify nine Special Secondary Nursery Areas to Secondary Nursery Areas, as recommended by the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1. The nine areas have not been opened to trawling since at least 2004, so there is no change to the shrimp trawl fishery. The reclassification results in additional small mesh gill net attendance requirements in most of the areas:
Additional rules pertaining to shellfish growing waters, processing of crustacea meat, and oyster sanctuaries were also readopted and will go into effect May 1. Rules in 15A NCAC 03R and 18A:
Text of the readopted rules will be posted Saturday in the May 1, 2021 Supplement to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules April 1, 2020 on the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission’s Rules and Regulations webpage. Until May 1, the April 1, 2021 Supplement to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules April 1, 2020 remains in effect.