15A NCAC 03L .0207       HORSESHOE CRABS

(a)  The annual (January through December) commercial quota for North Carolina for horseshoe crabs is established by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Horseshoe Crab.

(b)  The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, impose any or all of the following restrictions on the taking of horseshoe crabs to maintain compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Horseshoe Crab:

(1)           Specify season;

(2)           Specify areas;

(3)           Specify quantity;

(4)           Specify means and methods; and

(5)           Specify size.

(c)  Horseshoe crabs taken for biomedical use under a Horseshoe Crab Biomedical Use Permit are subject to this Rule.

 

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

Temporary Adoption Eff. August 1, 2000;

Codifier determined that findings did not meet criteria for temporary rule on October 31, 2000;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 6, 2000;

Eff. August 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2011.