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Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 8:00A.M., Monday, April 28, 2014, the following areas are declared research sanctuaries and ARE CLOSED to all fishing equipment:
I. AREA DESCRIPTIONS PENDER COUNTY
Virginia Creek Shoal – Topsail Sound – On the ocean side of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Topsail Sound across from the mouth of Virginia Creek. An area consisting of approximately 0.25 acres in size and delineated by four marked pilings with a boundary as shown in the attached map. The locations of the pilings are as follows:
1. 34° 24.4375” N 77° 35.8972” W
2. 34° 24.4332” N 77° 35.8928” W
3. 34° 24.4658” N 77° 35.8400” W
4. 34° 24.4710” N 77° 35.8433” W
Pecan Grove – Topsail Sound – On the inland side of the ICW in Topsail Sound in the Pecan Grove region. An area consisting of approximately 0.25 acres in size and delineated by four marked pilings with a boundary as shown in the attached map. The locations of the pilings are as follows:
1. 34° 23.9745” N 77° 36.8355” W
2. 34° 23.9703” N 77° 36.8303” W
3. 34° 24.0048” N 77° 36.7811” W
4. 34° 24.0090” N 77° 36.7865” W
II. GENERAL INFORMATION:
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03I .0109.
B. It is unlawful to violate provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The sanctuaries will be used by the University of North Carolina Wilmington to identify potential interactions of shellfish culture on adjacent sea grass habitat.
D. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 (252) 726-7021 or (800) 682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
E. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0109, specifies that these Research Sanctuaries may be in effect for up to one year, subject to renewal at the end of that year.