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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-03-2018

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FF-3-2018

PROCLAMATION

RE: SNAPPER GROUPER COMPLEX – RECREATIONAL – MUTTON SNAPPER


This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-57-2017 (REVISED) dated December 20, 2017. It increases the recreational minimum size limit for mutton snapper from 16 to 18 inches total length and decreases the recreational bag limit within the ten-snapper aggregate bag limit to five (5) mutton snapper per person per day. This proclamation implements the requirements of the final rule for Amendment 41 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan of the South Atlantic. Please see the following NOAA Fishery Bulletin for more information:
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2018/001/index.html

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M. Saturday, February 10, 2018 the following restrictions will apply to the recreational fisheries for snapper grouper:

I. Permit Requirements

A. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any species of the snapper grouper complex taken or possessed under the recreational bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.187(b) unless the vessel owner has been issued a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.

B. For a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for snapper grouper and a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit it is unlawful to exceed the recreational bag limits for snapper grouper species when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board, or when carrying paying customers.

C. For a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for snapper grouper and a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board or when carrying paying customers.

II. Black Sea Bass, south of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude)

A. It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 13 inches total length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than seven (7) black sea bass per person per day.

III. Groupers

A. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind, warsaw grouper, Nassau grouper, and goliath grouper.

B. It is unlawful to possess black grouper or gag grouper less than 24 inches total length.

C. It is unlawful to possess red grouper, yellowfin (fireback) grouper, yellowmouth grouper or scamp less than 20 inches total length.

D. It is unlawful to possess shallow water grouper species taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from January 1 through April 30. Shallow water grouper species include gag grouper, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper and yellowmouth grouper.

E. It is unlawful to possess snowy grouper except from May 1 through August 31 each year, subject to the bag limits in XVI.B.

IV. Greater Amberjack
It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The greater amberjack recreational season will open March 1, 2018 with the following restrictions:

A. It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack less than 28 inches fork length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day.

V. Other Jacks
The Jacks Complex includes almaco jack, banded rudderfish, and lesser amberjack. These species are included in the twenty (20) fish in the aggregate per person per day recreational bag and possession limit in XVI. C.

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