(a)  It is unlawful to take oysters or clams from prohibited (polluted) public waters for planting on leases and franchises except as authorized by G.S. 113-203.  Lease and franchise holders shall first obtain a permit from the Fisheries Director setting forth the time, area, and method by which such shellfish may be taken.  The procedures and requirements for obtaining permits are found in 15A NCAC 03O .0500.

(b)  The season for relaying clams shall be between April 1 and May 15 and the season for relaying oysters shall be for a specified six week period between the date of the statewide closure of oyster season and June 30, as determined by the Fisheries Director based on the status of oyster resources available for harvest from public bottom and market factors affecting sale of oysters from public bottom which will assist in determining the statewide closure date and manpower available to monitor the relaying activity.

(c)  For areas designated by the Fisheries Director as sites where shellfish would otherwise be destroyed in maintenance dredging operations, the season as set out in Paragraph (b) of this Rule shall not apply.

(d)  The Fisheries Director, acting upon recommendations of the Division of Environmental Health, shall close and reopen by proclamation any private shellfish beds for which the owner has obtained a permit to relay oysters and clams from prohibited (polluted) public waters.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑203; 113‑221; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996; September 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2003.