RE: BLACK SEA BASS – RECREATIONAL PURPOSES
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, May 19, 2013, the following restrictions will apply to the recreational black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15’N Latitude):
I. SEASON - The recreational fishing season for black sea bass in all coastal fishing waters north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15’N Latitude) is open in two segments as described below:
A. 12:01 A.M. May 19 through midnight on October 14; and
B. 12:01 A.M. November 1 through midnight on December 31, 2013.
II. SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS
A. It is unlawful to possess black sea bass for recreational purposes less than 12 ½ inches in length. Total length shall be measured along the lateral midline from the tip of the nose to the tip tail, excluding the caudal fin filament.
B. It is unlawful to possess more than 20 black sea bass per person per day taken for recreational purposes.
C. It is unlawful to possess black sea bass for recreational purposes in coastal fishing waters except during the seasons specified in I. above.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03M.0512.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to allow North Carolina to comply with the requirements of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fisheries Management Plan.
D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-68-2012, dated December 20, 2012, which opened the black sea bass season from January 1 through February 28, 2013.
April 8, 2013