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FF-10-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: COBIA - COASTAL FISHING WATERS – RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL

This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-57-2018 dated December 20, 2018. This proclamation opens the recreational cobia fishery and maintains the season for the commercial cobia fishery. The recreational season will remain open through December 31, 2019.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the following restrictions will apply to the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters:

I. SUSPENSION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0516
N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516 that reads as follows is suspended in its entirety:

A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day.

II. RECREATIONAL SEASON, HARVEST, VESSEL, AND SIZE LIMIT

A. RECREATIONAL SIZE LIMIT, POSSESSION LIMIT, AND SEASON

1. It is unlawful to possess for a recreational purpose cobia less than 36 inches fork length.
2. It is unlawful to possess for a recreational purpose more than one (1) cobia per person per day (See section II. B and II. C for season and vessel limits).
3. The season for the recreational harvest of cobia will be May 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

B. PRIVATE VESSEL LIMITS for Recreational Purpose (All vessels not engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation)
1. From May 1 – May 31, it is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day, if there is only one person on board.
2. From June 1 – December 31, it is unlawful to possess more than one (1) cobia per vessel per day.
C. FOR-HIRE VESSEL (While engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation as defined by G.S 113-174)
1. From May 1 – December 31, it is unlawful to possess more than four (4) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day, if fewer than four (4) people are on board.

III. COMMERCIAL SIZE AND HARVEST LIMIT

A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length in a commercial operation.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day or six (6) per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive in a commercial operation.

C. It is unlawful to possess a commercial and recreational limit of cobia on the same vessel.

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 Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 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 Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. Fishermen are encouraged to return all cobia not meeting harvest requirements to the water in a manner that ensures that highest likelihood of survival.

D. The intent of this proclamation is to manage the commercial and recreational fishery for cobia in Coastal Fishing Waters consistent with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Cobia Fishery Management Plan.

E. Contact the 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.

F. In accordance with N.C.G.S. 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. This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-57-2018 dated December 20, 2018. This proclamation opens the recreational cobia fishery and maintains the season for the commercial cobia fishery. The recreational season will remain open through December 31, 2019.

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

April 9, 2019
9:07 A.M.
FF-10-2019

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