(a)  It is unlawful to take clams by any method, other than by hand tongs, hand rakes, or by hand, except as provided in 15A NCAC 03K .0302 and .0303.  Regardless of the areas which may be opened, it is unlawful to take clams by hand tongs in any established bed of submerged aquatic vegetation as described in  15A NCAC 03I .0101 or salt water cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora).

(b)  It is unlawful to possess clam trawls or cages aboard a vessel at any time, or have kick/deflector plates normally used in the mechanical harvest of clams affixed to a vessel at any time, except during the time period specified for a mechanical clam harvest season in internal waters in accordance with 15A NCAC 03K .0302(a).  A period of 14 days before and after the season as specified by proclamation will be allowed for the installation and removal of kick/deflector plates and clam trawls or cages.  Vessels with permits for activities provided for in 15A NCAC 03K .0104, .0107, .0303(a), and .0401 shall be exempt from this Rule during the times such activities are permitted.


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

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; February 1, 2008; May 1, 1997; July 1, 1993.