• 57°

Newly amended fishery rules now in effect

Newly amended rules pertaining to special secondary nursery areas went into effect Saturday, May 1.

The rule changes, readopted by the Marine Fisheries Commission in February 2021 under a state-mandated periodic review schedule, reclassify nine Special Secondary Nursery Areas to Secondary Nursery Areas, as recommended by the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1. The nine areas have not been opened to trawling since at least 2004, so there is no change to the shrimp trawl fishery. The reclassification results in additional small mesh gill net attendance requirements in most of the areas:

– Newport River, Cape Fear River, Lockwood Folly River and Saucepan Creek, where attendance in all waters from May 1 – Nov. 30 is now required.

– Pungo Creek, Slade Creek, South Creek and Bond/Muddy creeks, where year-round attendance within 200 yards of shore is maintained with an additional requirement of attendance in all waters from May 1- Nov. 30.

– Scranton Creek, which has no change in its small mesh gill net attendance requirements from the reclassification.

Additional rules pertaining to shellfish growing waters, processing of crustacea meat and oyster sanctuaries were also readopted and will go into effect May 1. Rules in 15A NCAC 03R and 18A:

– Amend the oyster sanctuaries rule by adding five new sites (Long Shoal, Little Creek, Pea Island, Raccoon Island and Swan Island), updating boundaries for three existing sites (Neuse River, West Bluff and Gibbs Shoal), and removing two sites that no longer function as sanctuaries (Ocracoke and Clam Shoal).

– Update shellfish sanitation laboratory procedures, sanitary survey reporting requirements, standards for classifying shellfish waters and definitions to conform with current national standards.

– Correct grammar, typographical errors, and update agency names.

Text of the readopted rules are to be posted Saturday in the May 1, 2021 Supplement to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules April 1, 2020 on the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission’s Rules and Regulations webpage. Until May 1, the April 1, 2021 Supplement to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules April 1, 2020 remained in effect.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

RECENT HEADLINES:

Recreational black sea bass season reopens May 15 north of Cape Hatteras

Brian Deanes receives Marine Patrol Officer of the Year award

Business

Piers of the Outer Banks: Nags Head Fishing Pier

News

Kitty Hawk Town Council hears about youth fishing tournament; Perry will not run for re-election

News

North Carolina man hooks $1 million scratch-off prize

News

NC bill exempts lawmakers, others from concealed gun limits

News

States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

Crime

North Carolina man accused of sex crimes facing new charges

News

Nash County woman snags $200,000 prize from scratch-off ticket

Crime

Elizabeth City man arrested in Kill Devil Hills on firearm and drug charges

News

Kill Devil Hills public forum encourages community dialogue

News

Retention bonus for Home Health and Hospice workers approved

News

Weekly North Carolina gas update: Prices have gone up

News

Brief power outage set for four villages on Hatteras Island

Crime

Inmate in federal prison in North Carolina convicted of participating in mutiny

News

Lane closures due to cross pipe replacements this week in East Lake

Business

Maggie Easley named Outer Banks Hospital Employee of the Month for April

News

As vaccinations drop, North Carolina officials consider offering perks

News

North Carolina officials searching for stolen radioactive tool

Business

Chamber holds ribbon cutting for Village Realty’s Duck location

Lifestyles

COVID-19 testing calendared for Monday in Manteo

Business

Local law firm recognized with Attorney General’s Cup in Legal Feeding Frenzy

Crime

Las Vegas man pleads guilty to role in multi-million dollar North Carolina Medicaid fraud

Crime

Former North Carolina police chief indicted on 88 felony counts in evidence theft case

News

J-1 visa workers ‘not going to be a solution for the community this year’

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to over 14 years in prison for methamphetamine-related charges