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  • Summary date: Apr 13 2023 - View Summary

    Requires the Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) to implement the Herring Rule, 15A NCAC 10C .0423 (Alewife and Blueback Herring), as follows. DefinesĀ river herring to mean blueback herring and alewife. Requires the Commission to issue licenses for a limited harvest of river herring in the inland fishing waters of the Chowan River during the spring 2024 migration. Requires each license to allow a licensee to take for personal use up to 100 river herring. Requires licensees to report catches of herring to the Commission in the same manner as holders of licenses to take wild turkey and white-tailed deer. Sets the following license fees: (1) $12.50 for a license to take up to 25 river herring, (2) $25.00 for a license to take more than 25 and up to 50 river herring, and (3) $50.00 for a license to take more than 50 and up to 100 river herring. Requires the Commission to adopt temporary and permanent rules to amend the Herring Rule consistent with above provisions. Expires once permanent rules become effective.

    Appropriates $10,000 from the General Fund to the Commission to support activities in response to this act. Effective July 1, 2023.