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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-06-2018

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V. 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, 03M .0202 and 03O .0500.

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

C. It is unlawful for finfish dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass taken from the areas opened by this proclamation without first obtaining a valid STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the CSMA from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Dealers must abide by all conditions of the STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT and the general permit provisions in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0502.

D. Striped bass lawfully sold to a permitted dealer may be resold to a non-permitted wholesale or retail market provided the initial permitted dealer records their dealer license identification number on each bill of lading or receipts involved in the shipment of striped bass. Any individual or corporation who holds a current finfish dealer license must obtain a valid STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the CSMA in order to sell any striped bass personally harvested.

E. The intent of this proclamation is to allow the harvest of striped bass in the CSMA by commercial operations within the 25,000-pound quota established by the N.C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) Amendment 1. When the CSMA striped bass season closes, a subsequent proclamation will be issued to implement the tie-down and 50-yard distance from shore requirements also established in the N.C. Estuarine Striped Bass FMP Amendment 1.

F. All striped bass taken during season closures and all undersized striped bass shall be immediately returned to the waters taken, regardless of the condition of the fish.

G. In accordance with N.C Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCA 03M .0201, it is unlawful for a dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass taken from the areas opened by this proclamation without having a N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries - issued green colored tag affixed through the mouth and gill cover. In the case of striped bass imported from other states, a similar tag that is issued for striped bass in the state of origin must be affixed.

H. N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries striped bass tags may not be bought, sold, offered for sale, or transferred.

I. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses (RCGL) or hook-and-line fishermen must follow the bag and harvest restrictions of the recreational fishery for striped bass.

J. Permits may be obtained from all N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries License Offices.

K. Dealers with a valid Striped Bass Dealer Permit for Quota Monitoring shall contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Elizabeth City office 252-264-3911 and speak to Kimberly Hewitt to obtain harvest tags. Tags shall be picked up from a N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries office.

L. There is no open commercial season for striped bass in counties south of the line referenced in Section I. E. (Camp Point through Wainwright Island to Core Banks).

M. The 22-inch to 27-inch total length no possession slot limit for striped bass established in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03Q .0107 does not apply to commercial fishing operations in Joint Fishing Waters.

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

O. 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.

P. This proclamation opens the 2018 Central Southern Management Area (CSMA) commercial striped bass fishery and sets the commercial harvest limit.

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Stephen W. Murphey, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES, DEQ

February 23, 2018
10:31 A.M.
FF-6-2018

 

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