(a)  It is unlawful for a Recreational Commercial Gear License holder to use pots authorized by 15A NCAC 03O .0302 unless each pot is marked by attaching one floating buoy, any shade of hot pink in color, which shall be of solid foam or other solid buoyant material no less than five inches in diameter and no less than five inches in length.  The owner shall always be identified on the buoy using engraved buoys or by attaching engraved metal or plastic tags to the buoy.  Such identification shall include the owner's last name and initials and if a vessel is used, one of the following:

(1)           Gear owner's current motor boat registration number, or

(2)           Owner's U.S. vessel documentation name.

(b)  It is unlawful for a person to use more than one crab pot attached to the shore along privately owned land or to a privately owned pier without possessing a valid Recreational Commercial Gear License.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-173; 113-182; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2011; August 1, 2000.