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Marine Fisheries - nr-35-2016 Striped Bass

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Release: Immediate
Date: April 27, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Striped bass season closing tomorrow in some waters of the state

MOREHEAD CITY — Recreational striped bass season will close in all of North Carolina’s coastal rivers, creeks and sounds at 8 p.m. tomorrow, April 30. Commercial striped bass season will close at the same time in the Albemarle Sound Management Area.

The closures include waters managed jointly by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the Wildlife Resources Commission (joint waters).

The recreational striped bass season in internal joint and coastal waters and the commercial season in the Albemarle Sound Management Area will reopen Oct. 1.

The Albemarle Sound Management Area includes the Albemarle Sound and all of its coastal, joint and inland water tributaries (except for the Roanoke, Middle, Eastmost and Cashie rivers), Currituck, Roanoke and Croatan sounds and all their joint and inland water tributaries, including Oregon Inlet, north of a line from Roanoke Marshes Point across to the north point of Eagle Nest Bay in Dare county.

Commercial harvest in the Central Southern Management Area remains closed. This area includes all internal coastal, joint and contiguous inland waters of North Carolina south of the Albemarle Sound Management Area.

The recreational striped bass season remains open in state waters of the Atlantic Ocean (out to three miles). Commercial harvest in state waters of the Atlantic Ocean is closed.

Federal regulations prohibit possession of striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (between three and 200 miles).

State regulations prohibit possession of striped bass in coastal and joint waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries.

For more information on striped bass fishing and regulations in coastal and joint waters, visit www.ncmarinefisheries.net or contact Charlton Godwin, with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-264-3911 or Charlton.Godwin@ncdenr.gov.

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