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FF-13-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: COBIA - COASTAL FISHING WATERS – RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL

This implements a recreational minimum size limit of 36 inches fork length and one (1) fish per person per day limit and a four (4) fish per vessel limit if more than four (4) people are on board the vessel. This proclamation closes the recreational cobia season at 12:01 A.M., Friday, September 1, 2017, unless the season is closed earlier by proclamation. It maintains a minimum size limit of 33 inches fork length and a two (2) fish per person per day limit for the commercial fishery. Federal waters are closed for recreational harvest of cobia per NOAA Fisheries Bulletin: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2017/004/index.html.

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 1, 2017, 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 SIZE, SEASON, HARVEST, AND VESSEL LIMITS

A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 36 inches fork length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than one (1) cobia per person per day or four (4) cobia per vessel per day if more than four (4) people are on board the vessel.

C. The season for the recreational harvest of cobia will close at 12:01 A.M., Friday, September 1, 2017 unless closed earlier by proclamation.

III. COMMERCIAL SIZE AND HARVEST LIMIT

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.

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