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FF-10-2014 (REVISED)

PROCLAMATION

RE: COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SHARK HARVEST


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., June 7, 2014, the harvest of sharks taken in N.C. Coastal Fishing Watersis restricted as follows:

I. COMMERCIAL HARVEST RESTRICTIONS:

A. ALLOWABLE SPECIES AND SEASONS:
It is unlawful to possess sharks taken for commercial purposes except during open seasons established by this proclamation. Open seasons in North Carolina waters shall be the same as open seasons established by NOAA Fisheries for federal waters and followed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) in state waters. These open seasons are dependent on adherence toestablished quotas. The allowableshark species groups and commercial fishing seasons are defined herein as:
SPECIES GROUP
SEASONS
1. AGGREGATED LARGE COASTAL
 
Allowable Species: blacktip, silky, spinner, bull, tiger, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead*, great hammerhead*, smooth hammerhead*, and sandbar**
From June 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31.
2. SMALL COASTAL
 
Allowable Species: Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead, finetooth, and blacknose
From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31
3. PELAGIC
 
Allowable species: shortfinmako, porbeagle, common thresher, oceanic whitetip, and blue shark
From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31
4. SMOOTH DOGFISH (SMOOTHHOUND SHARK)
From January 1 through December 31
 
If quotas are reached prior to the end of the season, seasons will be closed by proclamation

*These sharks may not be possessed or sold by vessels with pelagic longline gear onboard.
**Sandbar sharks can only be retained by vessels selected to participate in the shark research fishery, subject to the retention limits established by NOAA Fisheries and only when an NOAA Fisheries-approved observer is onboard.

B. SIZE AND CATCH LIMITS:
1. Large Coastal: It is unlawful to possess more than 36 Large Coastal sharks per trip. There is no minimum size limit on Large Coastal sharkstaken for commercial purposes.

2. Small Coastal: This group is exempt from harvest and size restrictions.

3. Pelagic: This group is exempt from harvest and size restrictions.

4. It is unlawful to fail to return all sharks not meeting harvest requirements to the water in a manner that ensures the highest likelihood of survival.

5. It is unlawful to possess any shark [with the exception of smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark)] without tail and fins naturally attached to the carcass through the point of landing. Commercial fishermen may completely remove the fins of smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark). If fins are removed, the total wet weight of the shark fins may not exceed twelve (12) percent of the total dressed weight of smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark) carcasses landed or found onboard a vessel.

6. It is unlawful to possess aboard or sell from a vessel with pelagic longline gear onboardscalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead or smooth hammerhead sharks.

7. It is unlawful for a vessel to retain sandbar sharks unless the vessel is selected to participate in the shark research fishery, subject to retention limits established by NOAA Fisheries and only when a NOAA Fisheries-approved observer is onboard.
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