15A NCAC 03L .0202 CRAB TRAWLING
(a) It is unlawful to take or possess aboard a vessel crabs taken by trawl in internal waters except in areas and during such times as the Fisheries Director may specify by proclamation.
(b) It is unlawful to use any crab trawl with a mesh length less than three inches for taking hard crabs, except that the Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, increase the minimum mesh length to no more than four inches, and specify areas for crab trawl mesh size use.
(c) It is unlawful to use trawls with a mesh length less than two inches or with a combined total headrope length exceeding 25 feet for taking soft or "peeler" crabs.
History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.52;
Eff. February 1, 1991;
Amended Eff. September 1, 2005; August 1, 2004; March 1, 1994; September 1, 1991.