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FF-12-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: BLACK SEA BASS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN – NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS – OPEN COMMERCIAL HARVEST

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Friday, April 7, 2017, the following restrictions will apply to the Atlantic Ocean commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.3’N. Latitude):

This proclamation sets the harvest periods and limits for the Atlantic Ocean commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras. The fishery will close by proclamation once the annual North Carolina quota is reached or September 30, 2017, whichever occurs first.

I. SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length north of Cape Hatteras. Total length shall be measured along the lateral midline from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, excluding the caudal fin filament.

II. HARVEST PERIODS AND LIMITS

A. The harvest period for black sea bass begins Friday April 7, 2017 through Saturday, September 30, 2017.

B. It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation employing fish pots, traps, and hook and line gear, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess or land more than 1,000 pounds of black sea bass per week. For the purpose of this proclamation, a week shall be from 12:01 A.M. Sunday to midnight the following Saturday.

C. It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation employing trawls, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess or land more than 3,500 pounds of black sea bass during the harvest period.

D. It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation employing any other gear not listed above to possess or land more than 200 pounds of black sea bass per trip.

E. The black sea bass fishery will close by proclamation once the quota has been reached or at 6:00 P.M., September 30, 2017, whichever occurs first.

III. GEAR RESTRICTIONS
FISH TRAPS/POTS:
Black sea bass traps or pots must conform with the Federal rule requirements for escape vents specified in 50 CFR 648.144(b)(2) and for degradable fasteners specified in 50 CFR 648.144(b)(3)(i) and (ii).

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