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Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 4, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

South Carolina man catches new North Carolina
state record jolthead porgy

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record jolthead porgy.

Randy Brock of Pickens, S.C. reeled in the 14-pound, 14-ounce fish May 27 while fishing off Calabash.

The fish measured 26 inches from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail and had a girth of 24 inches.

The former state record jolthead porgy weighed 11 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught south of Hatteras Inlet in 1978. The world record jolthead porgy weighed 23 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught off Madeira Beach, FL in 1990.

Brock caught his fish using squid tentacles for bait on a circle hook with 80-pound test fishing line on a Penn 6/0 Special Senator rod and reel.

He was fishing on the for-hire vessel Game On, out of Calabash.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or Carole.Y.Willis@ncdenr.gov .

Download a photo of Brock and his fish at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/jolthead-record-photo.

nr-36-2015


Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 2, 2015
Contact: NOAA
Phone: 727-824-5305

Trip Limit Decreased to 500 Pounds per Trip for
Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper in the South Atlantic

The daily trip limit for the commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic is reduced from 1,000 pounds gutted weight to 500 pounds gutted weight, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time) Sept. 10, 2015. NOAA Fisheries has determined 75 percent of the July-December quota of 438,260 pounds whole weight will be landed by Sept. 10, 2015.

Reduction of the commercial vermilion snapper trip limit in the South Atlantic complies with regulations implemented under the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. The 500-pound gutted weight trip limit applies to vessels with a South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit fishing for vermilion snapper in or from the federal waters in the South Atlantic region. The 500-pound gutted weight trip limit will remain in effect until the quota is reached and vermilion snapper closes or until the end of the current July - Dec. 2015 fishing season, whichever occurs first.

FB15-066


Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 2, 2015
Contact: NOAA
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish Will Close
in South Atlantic Waters on September 8, 2015

Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in South Atlantic waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on Sept. 8, 2015. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on Jan. 1, 2016. The 2015 July - Dec. commercial quota is 63,918 pounds whole weight. Reports indicate that landings are approaching the 2015 July - Dec. quota for the commercial sector.

The operator of a vessel with a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper that is landing gray triggerfish for sale must have landed and bartered, traded or sold such gray triggerfish prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), Sept. 8, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), Sept. 8, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
 
During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of gray triggerfish is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
  • Sale and purchase of gray triggerfish is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels with a federal South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit.

This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper fishery.

FB15-065

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