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FF-4-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: FLOUNDER – RECREATIONAL PURPOSES- INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS AND ATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS- CREEL LIMIT REDUCTION

This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-4-2016, dated January 21, 2016. It reduces the daily possession limit from six (6) fish to four (4) fish per person per day for the recreational flounder fishery in Internal Coastal Waters and Atlantic Ocean Waters. This action is being taken to comply with the requirements of Addendum XXVIII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the following restrictions will apply to the taking of flounder for recreational purposes in Internal Coastal Waters and Atlantic Ocean Waters:

I. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess flounder less than 15 inches total length.

II. CREEL LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess more than four (4) flounder taken for recreational purposes per person per day or per trip if a trip occurs on more than one calendar day. The possession limit shall apply to all gears, including gigs, if possession is for recreational purposes.

III. GEAR RESTRICTION

A. It is unlawful to possess flounder taken by Recreational Commercial Gear License holders for recreational purposes from anchored large mesh gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 6 inches.

B. For the purpose of this proclamation an anchored large mesh gill net is any gill net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches that is anchored by any means at either or both ends of the net.

IV. 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 Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103; 03M .0503 and 03M .0512.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to manage the flounder fishery in accordance with Amendment 1 and Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan and to maintain North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of the joint Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council-Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder Fisheries Management Plan under the authority of N.C. Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0512.

D. All portions of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0302 are still in effect.

E. In accordance with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Inland Fishing Regulations, “seasons, size and creel limits for flounder are the same as those recreational limits established by the Division of Marine Fisheries in adjacent joint and coastal fishing waters.”

F. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c). All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

G. Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net

H. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-4-2016, dated January 21, 2016. It reduces the daily possession limit from six (6) fish to four (4) fish per person per day for the recreational flounder fishery in Internal Coastal Waters and Atlantic Ocean Waters. This action is being taken to comply with the requirements of Addendum XXVIII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. It maintains a 15 inch size limit and gear restrictions in Section III. in accordance with Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

 

 

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

February 21, 2016
1:10 P.M.
FF-4-2017

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