Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Mar. 26, 2012
New Rule Changes Codify Existing Regulations
MOREHEAD CITY — Two changes to coastal fishing rules will take effect April 1, but fishermen likely will not notice the difference.
That’s because rule changes have been in effect through proclamation authority for several years.
The first change repeals rule 15A NCAC 03M .0504, which sets specific size and bag limits for spotted seatrout.
The size and bag limit for spotted seatrout changed in 2009, and the bag limit changed again in 2011. These regulations were implemented by proclamation under a different rule that gives the director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries authority to issue proclamations to implement measures from fishery management plans. Future changes to spotted seatrout size and bag limits will be implemented in this manner, so that the spotted seatrout rule is no longer needed.
The second change amends rule 15A NCAC 03M .0519 so that it incorporates an American shad ocean closure that has been in place by proclamation since 2005. The division asked the Marine Fisheries Commission to move this long-standing proclamation into rule to aid in the clarity of regulations.
The rule changes were adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission at its November 2011 meeting. They will be added as a one-page supplement to the 2011 N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission rulebook and posted on the division webpage at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rules-and-regulations.
For more information, contact Catherine Blum, rulemaking coordinator with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8014 or Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov.
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