15A NCAC 03I .0104        INTRODUCE, TRANSFER OR HOLD IMPORTED MARINE AND ESTUARINE ORGANISMS

(a)  In order to protect the marine and estuarine resources of North Carolina from unacceptable risks from predators, pests, parasites, and disease, it is unlawful, without first obtaining a permit from the Fisheries Director or without obtaining live marine and estuarine organisms from a permit holder:

(1)           To place into the coastal fishing waters of the state live marine and estuarine organisms not native to the state.  For the purpose of this Rule, this action is an introduction.

(2)           To place into the coastal fishing waters of the state live marine and estuarine organisms which are native but which originated outside the State's boundaries.  For the purpose of this Rule, this action is a transfer.

(3)           To hold or maintain any live marine or estuarine organism imported into the state in a quarantine or isolation system for live bait or use in an aquaculture operation as defined in 15A NCAC 03I .0101.

(4)           To sell for bait any live marine or estuarine organism imported into the state.

(b)  Any person desiring to obtain a Permit to Introduce, Transfer or Hold Imported Marine and Estuarine Organisms must make written application to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557‑0769.  In order for the Fisheries Director to determine the level of risk to any native marine resource or the environment, the applicant shall provide:

(1)           A certification from a pathologist that a sample of 60 organisms from proposed shipments are disease free or a certification from a governmental veterinary service that the organisms to be shipped were produced in an area or facility free of diseases posing a risk to North Carolina's estuarine resources, or their environment, as determined by the Fisheries Director; and

(2)           A certification from a biologist or veterinarian that macroscopic and microscopic examination indicates the shipment contains only those species identified on the permit application.

(c)  The Fisheries Director shall require disinfection, quarantine or destruction of organisms and transfer materials as a condition of the permit, upon finding the importation poses a risk to North Carolina's estuarine resources, or their environment.

(d)  The Fisheries Director may hold public meetings prior to granting permits for activities specified in Paragraph (a) of this Rule to gather information concerning risks to native marine resources or the environment.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991;

Recodified from 15A NCAC 3I .0004 Eff. December 17, 1996;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2009.