15A NCAC 03K .0302      MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS FROM PUBLIC BOTTOM

(a)  It is unlawful to take, buy, sell, or possess any clams taken by mechanical methods as defined in 15A NCAC 03I .0101, "mechanical methods for clamming," from public bottom unless the season is open.

(b)  The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, open and close the season for the taking of clams by mechanical methods from public bottom at any time in the Atlantic Ocean and only from December 1 through March 31 in Internal Coastal Waters.

(c)  The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, open to the taking of clams by mechanical methods from public bottom during open seasons only areas that were opened at any time from January 1979 through September 1988 in:

(1)           Newport, North, White Oak, and New rivers;

(2)           Core and Bogue sounds;

(3)           the Intracoastal Waterway north of "BC" Marker at Topsail Beach; and

(4)           the Atlantic Ocean.

Other areas opened for purposes as set out in 15A NCAC 03K .0301(b) shall open only for those purposes. A list of areas as described in this Paragraph is available upon request at the Division of Marine Fisheries, 3441 Arendell Street, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.

(d)  The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, impose any of the following additional restrictions for the taking of clams by mechanical methods from public bottom during open seasons:

(1)           specify time;

(2)           specify means and methods;

(3)           specify size; and

(4)           specify quantity.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2017; April 1, 2003.