15A NCAC 03R .0108 MECHANICAL METHODS PROHIBITED TO TAKE OYSTERS

The dredges and mechanical methods prohibited areas to take oysters referenced in 15A NCAC 03K .0204 are delineated in the following Internal Coastal Waters:

(1) In Roanoke Sound and tributaries, south of a line beginning at a point 35 55.1461' N 75 39.5618' W on Baum Point, running easterly to a point 35 55.9795' N - 75 37.2072' W and north and east of a line beginning at a point 35 50.8315' N - 75 37.1909' W on the west side of the mouth of Broad Creek, running easterly to a point 35 51.0097' N - 75 36.6910' W near Beacon "17", running southerly to a point 35 48.6145' N - 75 35.3760' W near Beacon "7", running easterly to a point 35 49.0348' N - 75 34.3161' W on Cedar Point.

(2) In Pamlico Sound and tributaries:

(a) Outer Banks area, within the area described by a line beginning at a point 35 46.0638' N - 75 31.4385' W on the shore of Pea Island; running southwesterly to a point 35 42.9500' N - 75 34.1500' W; running southerly to a point 35 39.3500' N - 75 34.4000' W; running southeasterly to a point 35 35.8931' N - 75 31.1514' W in Chicamacomico Channel near Beacon "ICC"; running southerly to a point 35 28.5610' N - 75 31.5825' W on Gull Island; running southerly to a point 35 22.8671' N - 75 33.5851' W in Avon Channel near Beacon "1"; running southwesterly to a point 35 18.9603' N - 75 36.0817' W in Cape Channel near Beacon "2"; running westerly to a point 35 16.7588' N - 75 44.2554' W in Rollinson Channel near Beacon "42RC"; running southwesterly to a point 35 14.0337' N - 75 45.9643' W southwest of Oliver Reef near the quick-flashing beacon; running westerly to a point 35 09.3650' N - 76 00.6377' W in Big Foot Slough Channel near Beacon "14BF"; running southwesterly to a point 35 08.4523' N - 76 02.6651' W in Nine Foot Shoal Channel near Beacon "9"; running westerly to a point 35 07.1000' N - 76 06.9000; running southwesterly to a point 35 01.4985' N - 76 11.4353' W near Beacon "HL"; running southwesterly to a point 35 00.2728' N - 76 12.1903' W near Beacon "2CS"; running southerly to a point 34 59.4383' N - 76 12.3541' W in Wainwright Channel immediately east of the northern tip of Wainwright Island; running easterly to a point 34 58.7853' N - 76 09.8922' W on Core Banks; running northerly along the shoreline and across the inlets following the COLREGS Demarcation lines to the point of beginning;

(b) Stumpy Point Bay, north of a line beginning at a point 35 40.9719' N - 75 44.4213' W on Drain Point; running westerly to a point 35 40.6550' N - 75 45.6869' W on Kazer Point;

(c) Pains Bay, east of a line beginning at a point 35 35.0666' N - 75 51.2000' W on Pains Point, running southerly to a point 35 34.4666' N 75 50.9666' W on Rawls Island; running easterly to a point 35 34.2309' N - 75 50.2695' W on the east shore;

(d) Long Shoal River, north of a line beginning at a point 35 35.2120' N - 75 53.2232' W at the 5th Avenue Canal, running easterly to a point 35 35.0666' N - 75 51.2000' W on the east shore on Pains Point;

(e) Wysocking Bay:

(i) Wysocking Bay, north of a line beginning at a point 35 25.2741' N - 76 03.1169' W on Mackey Point, running easterly to a point 35 25.1189' N - 76 02.0499' W at the mouth of Lone Tree Creek;

(ii) Mount Pleasant Bay, west of a line beginning at a point 35 23.8652' N - 76 04.1270' W on Browns Island, running southerly to a point 35 22.9684' N - 76 03.7129' W on Bensons Point;

(f) Juniper Bay, north of a line beginning at a point 35 22.1384' N - 76 15.5991' W near the Caffee Bay ditch, running easterly to a point 35 22.0598' N - 76 15.0095' W on the east shore;

(g) Swan Quarter Bay:

(i) Caffee Bay, east of a line beginning at a point 35 22.1944' N - 76 19.1722' W on the north shore, running southerly to a point 35 21.5959' N - 76 18.3580' W on Drum Point;

(ii) Oyster Creek, east of a line beginning at a point 35 23.3278' N - 76 19.9476' W on the north shore, running southerly to a point 35 22.7018' N - 76 19.3773' W on the south shore;

(h) Rose Bay:

(i) Rose Bay, north of a line beginning at a point 35 25.7729' N - 76 24.5336' W on Island Point, running southeasterly and passing near Beacon "5" to a point 35 25.1854' N - 76 23.2333' W on the east shore;

(ii) Tooleys Creek, west of a line beginning at a point 35 25.7729' N - 76 24.5336' W on Island Point, running southwesterly to a point 35 25.1435' N - 76 25.1646' W on Ranger Point;

(i) Spencer Bay:

(i) Striking Bay, north of a line beginning at a point 35 23.4106' N - 76 26.9629' W on Short Point, running easterly to a point 35 23.3404' N - 76 26.2491' W on Long Point;

(ii) Germantown Bay, north of a line beginning at a point 35 24.0937' N - 76 27.9348' W; on the west shore, running easterly to a point 35 23.8598' N - 76 27.4037' W on the east shore;

(j) Abel Bay, northeast of a line beginning at a point 35 23.6463' N - 76 31.0003' W on the west shore, running southeasterly to a point 35 22.9353' N - 76 29.7215' W on the east shore;

(k) Pungo River, Fortescue Creek, east of a line beginning at a point 35 25.9213' N - 76 31.9135' W on Pasture Point; running southerly to a point 35 25.6012' N - 76 31.9641' W on Lupton Point;

(l) Pamlico River:

(i) North Creek, north of a line beginning at a point 35 25.3988' N - 76 40.0455' W on the west shore, running southeasterly to a point 35 25.1384' N - 76 39.6712' W on the east shore;

(ii) Campbell Creek (off of Goose Creek), west of a line beginning at a point 35 17.3600' N - 76 37.1096' W on the north shore; running southerly to a point 35 16.9876' N - 76 37.0965' W on the south shore;

(iii) Eastham Creek (off of Goose Creek), east of a line beginning at a point 35 17.7423' N - 76 36.5164' W on the north shore; running southeasterly to a point 35 17.5444' N - 76 36.3963' W on the south shore;

(iv) Oyster Creek-Middle Prong, southwest of a line beginning at a point 35 19.4921' N - 76 32.2590' W on Cedar Island; running southeasterly to a point 35 19.1265' N - 76 31.7226' W on Beard Island Point; and southwest of a line beginning at a point 35 19.5586' N - 76 32.8830' W on the west shore, running easterly to a point 35 19.5490' N - 76 32.7365' W on the east shore;

(m) Mouse Harbor, west of a line beginning at a point 35 18.3915' N - 76 29.0454' W on Persimmon Tree Point, running southerly to a point 35 17.1825' N - 76 28.8713' W on Yaupon Hammock Point;

(n) Big Porpoise Bay, northwest of a line beginning at a point 35 15.6993' N - 76 28.2041' W on Big Porpoise Point, running southwesterly to a point 35 14.9276' N - 76 28.8658' W on Middle Bay Point;

(o) Middle Bay, west of a line beginning at a point 35 14.8003' N - 76 29.1923' W on Deep Point, running southerly to a point 35 13.5419' N - 76 29.6123' W on Little Fishing Point;

(p) Jones Bay, west of a line beginning at a point 35 14.0406' N - 76 33.3312' W on Drum Creek Point, running southerly to a point 35 13.3609' N - 76 33.6539' W on Ditch Creek Point;

(q) Bay River:

(i) Gales Creek-Bear Creek, north and west of a line beginning at a point 35 11.2833' N - 76 35.9000' W on Sanders Point, running northeasterly to a point 35 11.9000' N - 76 34.2833' W on the east shore;

(ii) Bonner Bay, southeast of a line beginning at a point 35 09.6281' N - 76 36.2185' W on the west shore; running northeasterly to a point 35 10.0888' N - 76 35.2587' W on Davis Island Point;

(r) Neuse River:

(i) Lower Broad Creek, west of a line beginning at a point 35 05.8314' N - 76 35.3845' W on the north shore; running southwesterly to a point 35 05.5505' N - 76 35.7249' W on the south shore;

(ii) Greens Creek - north of a line beginning at a point 35 01.3476' N - 76 42.1740' W on the west shore of Greens Creek; running northeasterly to a point 35 01.4899' N - 76 41.9961' W on the east shore;

(iii) Dawson Creek, north of a line beginning at a point 34 59.5920' N - 76 45.4620' W on the west shore; running southeasterly to a point 34 59.5800' N 76 45.4140' W on the east shore;

(iv) Clubfoot Creek, south of a line beginning at a point 34 54.5424' N - 76 45.7252' W on the west shore, running easterly to a point 34 54.4853' N - 76 45.4022' W on the east shore;

(v) Turnagain Bay, south of a line beginning at a point 34 59.4065' N - 76 30.1906' W on the west shore; running easterly to a point 34 59.5668' N - 76 29.3557' W on the east shore;

(s) West Bay:

(i) Long Bay-Ditch Bay, west of a line beginning at a point 34 57.9388' N - 76 27.0781' W on the north shore of Ditch Bay; running southwesterly to a point 34 57.2120' N - 76 27.2185' W on the south shore of Ditch Bay; then south of a line running southeasterly to a point 34 56.7633' N - 76 26.3927' W on the east shore of Long Bay;

(ii) West Thorofare Bay, south of a line beginning at a point 34 57.2199' N - 76 24.0947' W on the west shore; running easterly to a point 34 57.4871' N - 76 23.0737' W on the east shore;

(iii) Merkle Bay, east of a line beginning at a point 34 58.2286' N - 76 22.8374' W on the north shore, running southerly to a point 34 57.5920' N - 76 23.0704' W on Merkle Bay Point;

(iv) North Bay, east of a line beginning at a point 35 01.8982' N - 76 21.7135' W on Point of Grass, running southeasterly to a point 35 01.3320' N - 76 21.3353' W on Western Point.

(3) In Core Sound and its tributaries, southwest of a line beginning at a point 35 00.1000' N - 76 14.8667' W near Hog Island Reef; running easterly to a point 34 58.7853' N - 76 09.8922' W on Core Banks; and in the following waterbodies and their tributaries: Back Bay, the Straits, Back Sound, North River, Newport River, Bogue Sound, and White Oak River.

(4) In Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick counties.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1993; October 1, 1992; September 1, 1991;

Recodified from 15A NCAC 03R .0008 Eff. December 17, 1996;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2016; October 1, 2004.