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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-13-2014 Revised

Marine Fisheries

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II. SIZE and HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful to take, possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass less than 18 inches in total length.

B. In Areas I.A., I.B. and I.C., it is unlawful for an individual or fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons or boats involved or the number of areas fished, to take, possess, transport, buy, sell, or offer for sale more than ten (10) striped bass per day in any combined commercial fishing operation, except that a fishing operation consisting of more than one SCFL holder onboard may be in possession of up to two daily harvest limits. A SCFL holder must accompany each single harvest until the time of sale to a dealer that holds a valid 2013/2014 Striped Bass Dealer Permit validated for the Central/Southern Area.

C. In Areas I.D. and I.E., it is unlawful for an individual or fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons or boats involved or the number of areas fished, to take, possess, transport, buy, sell, or offer for sale more than ten (10) striped bass per day in any combined commercial fishing operation, except that a fishing operation consisting of more than one SCFL holder onboard may be in possession of up to two daily harvest limits. A SCFL holder must accompany each single harvest until the time of sale to a dealer that holds a valid 2013/2014 Striped Bass Dealer Permit validated for the Central/Southern Area. Striped bass shall only be taken in conjunction with other commercially important finfish and striped bass are limited to 50% by weight of the combined daily harvest.

III. PERMITS

A. It is unlawful for finfish dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass taken from the areas opened by this proclamation without first obtaining a valid STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Dealers must abide by all conditions of the STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT and the general permit provisions found in 15A NCAC 03O .0502.

B. Only a STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area may be used for transactions involving striped bass taken from the areas opened by this proclamation.

C. Striped bass lawfully sold to a permitted dealer may be resold to a non-permitted wholesale or retail market provided the initial permitted dealer records their dealer license identification number on each bill of lading or receipts involved in the shipment of striped bass. Any individual or corporation who holds a current finfish dealer license must obtain a STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area in order to sell any striped bass personally harvested.

IV. SALE TAGS

A. It is unlawful for a dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass taken from the areas opened by this proclamation without having a North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries - issued green colored tag affixed through the mouth and gill cover. In the case of striped bass imported from other states, a similar tag that is issued for striped bass in the state of origin must be affixed.

B. North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries striped bass tags may not be bought, sold, offered for sale, or transferred.

V. LANDING RESTRICTIONS
Striped bass taken from areas opened by this proclamation may be sold only to and purchased by a currently licensed finfish dealer possessing a valid STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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