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RE: SPOTTED SEATROUT RECREATIONAL
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M., Monday, February 27, 2012, the following will apply to spotted seatrout in the recreational fishery:
I. SPOTTED SEATROUT RULE SUSPENSION
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0504 (a) and (b) are suspended.
II. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
III. RECREATIONAL BAG LIMIT
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. Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03I .0102 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. This action is being taken following action by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission on the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. The MFC directed the Director to implement these restrictions in the interim until the provisions of the Plan take effect in February, 2014.
D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-75- 2011, dated November 10, 2011.
February 23, 2012