15A NCAC 03R .0115       ANADROMOUS FISH SPAWNING AREAS

The anadromous fish spawning areas as defined in 15A NCAC 03I .0101 and referenced in 15A NCAC 03 N .0106 are delineated in the following coastal waters:

(1)           Currituck Sound Area:

(a)           Northwest River- all waters of the Northwest River and its tributaries east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 30.8374' N – 76º 04.8770' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36º 30.7061' N – 76º 04.8916' W.

(b)           Tull Bay/Tull Creek- all waters of Tull Bay and its tributaries northeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point  36º 30.0991' N – 76º 04.8587' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36º 29.9599' N – 76º 04.7126' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º30.9867' N – 76º 02.5868' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º31.0045' N – 76º 02.3780' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 30.8291' N – 76º 02.1329' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 36º 30.1512' N – 76º 02.4982' W.

(2)           Albemarle Sound Area:

(a)           Big Flatty Creek- all waters of Big Flatty Creek and its tributaries east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 09.3267'N – 76º 08.2562'W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36º 08.9730'N – 76º 08.3175'W and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 07.9621'N – 76º 07.1818'W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º 08.2706'N – 76º 06.2525'W.

(b)           Batchelor Bay- west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35º 58.2070' N – 76º 42.7267' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 35º 56.5622' N – 76º 41.5506' W.

(c)           Bull Bay- southwest of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 35º 58.9002' N – 76º 23.9965' W; running southeasterly to the southeast shore at a point 35º 56.7198' N – 76º 18.8964' W.

(3)           North River- all waters of the North River and its tributaries east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 18.7703' N – 75º 58.7384' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36º 18.4130' N – 75º 58.7228' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 16.9952' N – 75º 57.0758' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º 16.9801' N – 75º 56.6820' W.

(4)           Pasquotank River- all waters of the Pasquotank River and its tributaries south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 18.0768' N – 76º 13.0979' W; running easterly to the east shore along the south side of the Highway 158 Bridge to a point 36º 18.0594' N – 76º 12.9620' W; and northwest of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 36º 14.3294' N– 76º 04.7866' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 36º 12.8147' N- 76º 07.0465' W.

(5)           Pasquotank River Area:

(a)           Charles Creek- north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 17.8090' N – 76º 13.0732' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º 17.8024' N – 76º 13.0407' W.

(b)           New Begun Creek- east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 13.3298' N – 76º 08.2878' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36º 13.0286' N – 76º 08.1820' W.

(6)           Little River- all waters of the Little River and its tributaries southeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 12.5237' N – 76º 16.9418' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36º 12.2950' N – 76º 17.1405' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 09.6537' N – 76º 15.0689' W; running northeast to the east shore to a point 36º 10.2112' N – 76º 14.0287' W.

(7)           Perquimans River- all waters of the Perquimans River and its tributaries northeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 11.6569' N – 76º 28.0055' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 36º 11.6123' N – 76º 27.9382' W; and northwest of a line beginning on the southwest shore at a point 36º 11.1512' N – 76º 27.4424' W; running northeasterly to the northeast shore to a point 36º 11.5124' N – 76º 26.7298' W.

(8)           Perquimans River Area:

(a)           Walter's Creek- northeast of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 11.1305' N – 76º 27.9185' W; running southeasterly to the south shore to a point 36º 11.0224' N – 76º 27.6626' W.

(b)           Mill Creek- south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 11.9766' N – 76º 27.2511' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º 11.9757' N – 76º27.5752' W.

(9)           Yeopim River- all waters of the Yeopim River and its tributaries east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 05.4526'N – 76º27.7651'W; running southerly to the south shore to a point on Norcum Point 36º 05.1029'N – 76º27.7120' W; and west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 04.7426' N – 76º 24.2537' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 36º 04.1137' N – 76º 24.5366' W.

(10)         Yeopim River Area, Yeopim Creek- south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 04.7206' N – 76º 24.8396' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º 04.7426' N – 76º 24.2536' W.

(11)         Edenton Bay- all waters of Edenton Bay and its tributaries west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 03.3757' N – 76º 36.3629' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36º 03.3551' N – 76º 36.3574' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 02.1767' N – 76º 38.4058' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º 02.0299' N – 76º 36.0445' W; and east of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 03.2819' N – 76º 37.0138' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 36º 03.4185' N – 76º 36.6783' W.

(12)         Chowan River- all waters of the Chowan River and tributaries northwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 02.3162' N – 76º 42.4896' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 36º 03.1013' N – 76º40.8732' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 32.6293' N – 76º 55.3564' W; and running to the east shore to a point 36º 32.6284' N – 76º 55.1757' W.

(13)         Chowan River Area, Meherrin River- all waters of the Meherrin River and tributaries west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 36º 25.9937' N – 76º 56.8884' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 36º 25.7926' N – 76º 56.8966' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 32.7867' N – 77º 09.8885' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 36º 32.7807' N – 77º 09.8565' W.

(14)         Cashie River- all waters of the Cashie River and tributaries east of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35º 54.7865' N – 76º 49.0521' W; running southerly to the south shore at a point 35º 54.6691' N – 76º 49.0553' W; west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35º 56.4598' N – 76º 43.8093' W; running southerly to the north shore to a point on the north shore of an island in the mouth of the river 35º 56.2250' N – 76º 43.9265' W; west of a line beginning on the south shore at a point of an island in the mouth of the river 35º 56.1254' N – 76º 43.9846' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35º 56.0650' N – 76º 43.9599' W.

(15)         Middle River- all waters of the Middle River southwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 55.4000' N – 76º 43.8259' W; running southeasterly to the east shore to a point 35º 55.3977' N – 76º43.6797' W.

(16)         Eastmost River- all waters of the Eastmost River and its tributaries south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 56.5024' N – 76º 42.4877' W; running westerly to the east shore to a point 35º 56.4070' N – 76º 42.7647' W.

(17)         Roanoke River - all waters of the Roanoke River and tributaries south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 56.5068' N – 76º 41.8858' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35º 56.5324' N – 76º 41.5896' W; and southeast of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 36º 12.5264' N – 77º 23.0223' W; running northeasterly to the east shore along the south side of the Highway 258 Bridge to a point 36º 12.5674' N – 77º 22.9724' W.

(18)         Roanoke River Area:

(a)           Warren Neck Creek- all waters of Warren Neck Creek and its tributaries west of a line beginning on the northwest shore at a point 35º 52.1820' N – 76º 47.4855' W; running southerly to the southeast shore to a point 35º 52.1448' N – 76º 47.4237' W.

(b)           Thoroughfare- all waters of the Thoroughfare south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 54.0510' N – 76º 48.1206' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35º 54.0684' N – 76º 48.0613' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 53.2842'N – 76º 48.8650' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35º 55.2800' N – 76º 48.8077' W.

(c)           Devils Gut- all waters of Devils Gut and its tributaries northwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 49.5300' N – 76º 54.2209' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35º 49.5486' N – 76º 54.1703' W.

(d)           Conine Creek- all waters of Conine Creek and its tributaries west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35º 52.9752' N – 76º 58.0474' W; running southwesterly to the south shore to a point 35º 52.9776' N – 76º 57.9958' W.

(19)         Scuppernong River- all waters of the Scuppernong River and tributaries southeast of a line beginning on the northeast shore at a point 35º 56.7196' N – 76º 18.8964' W; running southwesterly to the southwest shore to a point 35º 56.3351' N – 76º 19.6609' W; and north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 54.0158' N – 76º 15.4605' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35º 54.0406' N – 76º 15.3007' W.

(20)         Alligator River- all waters of the Alligator River and tributaries east of a line beginning on the north shore at Cherry Ridge Landing at a point 35º 42.2172' N – 76º 08.4686' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35º 42.1327' N – 76º 08.5002' W; and south of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35º 57.4252' N – 76º 00.8704' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35º 57.5494' N – 75º 56.8268' W.

(21)         Alligator River Area, the Frying Pan- all waters of the Frying Pan and its tributaries west of a line beginning on the north shore at a point 35º 46.0777' N – 76º 03.3439' W; running southerly to the south shore to a point 35º 45.6011' N – 76º 03.3692' W.

(22)         Neuse River- all waters of the Neuse River and its tributaries northwest of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 08.8723'N - 77° 04.6700' W; running northeasterly to the east shore to a point 35° 09.1032' N - 77° 04.3355' W and southeast of a line at Pitch Kettle Creek beginning on the north shore at a point 35° 16.9793'N - 77° 15.5529'W; running south to the south shore to a point 35°16.9237'N - 77° 15.5461' W.

(23)         Neuse River Area:

(a)           Smith Creek- north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 02.2439'N - 76° 42.3035' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 02.2392' N - 76° 42.1910' W.

(b)           Kershaw Creek- north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 35° 02.4197'N - 76° 43.7886' W; running easterly to the east shore to a point 35° 02.4218'N - 76° 43.7367' W.

(24)         White Oak River- all waters north of a line beginning at a point on the west shore  34° 46.0728' N - 77° 08.9657' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore 34° 46.1431' N - 77° 08.8907' W; running north to the Coastal – Inland waters boundary line beginning at a point on the west shore 34° 48.1466' N - 77° 11.4711' W; running northeasterly to a point on the east shore 34° 48.1620' N - 77° 11.4244' W.

(25)         Cape Fear River- all waters north of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 34° 07.7034' N – 77° 57.3431' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore 34° 08.0518' N – 77° 55.7626' W; running north to the Joint - Inland waters boundary on the following rivers:

(a)           Cape Fear River- at a line beginning at a point on the west shore 34° 24.2628' N - 78° 17.6390' W; running northeasterly along the Lock and Dam # 1 to a point on the east shore 34° 24.2958' N - 78° 17.5634' W.

(b)           Black River- at a line beginning at a point on the north shore 34° 22.0783' N - 78° 04.4123' W; running southeasterly to a point on the south shore 34° 21.9950' N - 78° 04.2864' W.

(c)           Northeast Cape Fear River- at a line beginning at a point on the west side 34° 26.5658' N - 77° 50.0871' W; running northeasterly along the southern side of the NC 210 Bridge to a point on the east side 34° 26.6065' N - 77° 49.9955' W.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. December 1, 2007.