V. LANDING RESTRICTIONS
Striped bass taken from areas opened by this proclamation may be sold only to and purchased by a dealer possessing a STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area. VI. SEASON CLOSURE
The striped bass season for commercial fishing equipment in the Albemarle Sound Management Area will close at 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 30, 2013, unless closed by proclamation at an earlier date due to the harvest allocation being met.Dealers will have until two weeks after the closing of the season to sell, offer for sale, transport, or have in possession unfrozen striped bass taken in this fishery. VII. 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 the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03M .0201 and 03M .0202, 03O .0501 et seq. and 03Q .0107 (1)(c).
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. The intent of this proclamation is to allow the harvest of striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area by commercial fishing equipment within the harvest quota established by the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan.
D. Hook-and-line fishing equipment is not commercial fishing equipment in the striped bass fishery and it is illegal to sell or purchase striped bass taken by hook-and-line in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0201 (b).
E. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses or hook-and-line fishermen must follow thebag limit and harvest restrictions of the recreational fishery for striped bass.
F. All striped bass taken during the season closures and all undersize striped bass shall beimmediately returned to the water where taken, regardless of the condition of the fish.
G. Dealers whose businesses are located in Hyde, Dare, Tyrrell, Washington, Bertie, Chowan, Pasquotank, Camden, Hertford, Perquimans and other northern counties may obtain tags by contacting the Manteo Marine Patrol Office at 800-405-7774 or 252-473-5734.Allow 48 hours for delivery.
H. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-69-2012, dated December 20, 2012.
February 21, 2013