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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-05-2014

Marine Fisheries

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XI. Wreckfish

For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess more than one wreckfish per vessel per day.
2. It is unlawful to possess wreckfish except from July 1 through August 31 of each year.


XII. Combined Bag Limits

A. It is unlawful to possess more than five vermilion snapper and 10 other snappers per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than three grouper per person without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit of which:
1. no more than one may be a gag or black grouper (individually or in combination) per person per day;
2. no more than three blueline tilefish or sand tilefish per person per day.
3. No more than one golden tilefish per person per day.
C. For golden tilefish for commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Snapper-Grouper permit to use longline gear to harvest or possess golden tilefish without having a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement onboard.
2. For vessels with a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement, it is unlawful to possess more than 4,000 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish per trip.
3. For vessels with a valid Federal Snapper-Grouper permit, but without a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement,it is unlawful to harvest or possess more than 500 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish per trip.
4. Federal rules for commercial golden tilefish longline endorsements became effective May 23, 2013 and can be found in 50 CFR Part § 622.170(f).
D. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind.

E. It is unlawful to possess warsaw grouper.

F. For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to possess more than 20 fish in the aggregate per person per day of the following species without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, longspine porgy, scup, gray triggerfish, yellow jack, bar jack,almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack white grunt, margate and spadefish.

G. For commercial and recreational purposes, it is lawful to possess jolthead, knobbed, saucereye and whitebone porgy and scup. No size or trip limits are in effect at this time.

H. For recreational purposes,it is lawful to possess gray triggerfish taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. No size or trip limits are in effect at this time.
For commercial purposes, the season opened at 12:01A.M., January 1, 2014. No size or trip limits are in place for the open season.

I. As an exception to XII. F. above, spadefish may be retained and sold in any number without a FederalCommercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit when taken for commercial purposes in coastal waters.

J. It is unlawful to possess any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex except snowy, yellowedge, and misty groupers; blueline and sand tilefishes; while having longline gear aboard a vessel during open harvest seasons.

K. It is unlawful to possess Nassau grouper or goliath grouper.

L. It is unlawful for a vessel with both a valid federal South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Charter/Headboat Permit and a valid federal South Atlantic Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit to exceed the recreational creel restrictions established in this proclamation when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board.

M. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex harvested or possessed under the bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.39 (d) unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit.

N. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean without a valid South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Dealer Permit.

O. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean from a vessel without a valid South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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