(a)  It is unlawful to set or use trawls, pots, and mechanical methods for oysters or clams or take crabs with the use of commercial fishing equipment from the crab spawning sanctuaries described in 15A NCAC 03R .0110 from March 1 through August 31.

(b)  The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, designate additional areas as crab spawning sanctuaries and may impose the following restrictions in any crab spawning sanctuary:

(1)           specify areas;

(2)           specify time periods;

(3)           specify means and methods; and

(4)           specify limits on harvest based on size, quantity, sex, reproductive stage, or peeler stage.


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

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 2, 1999;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2014; April 1, 2001.