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.
VI. SEASON CLOSURE
The striped bass season for commercial fishing operations for the areas described in Section I. above will close by this proclamation at midnight, April 30, 2013 unless closed by proclamation at an earlier date when the annual harvest allocation is met. Dealers will have two weeks after the close 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 N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03M .0202 and 03O .0500 et seq.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant 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 Central Southern Management Area (CSMA) by commercial operations within the 25,000 pound quota established by the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP). When the CSMA striped bass season closes, a subsequent proclamation will be issued to implement the tie-down and 50 yard distance from shore requirements also established in the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass FMP.
D. All striped bass taken during season closures and all undersized striped bass shall be immediately returned to the waters taken, regardless of the condition of the fish.
E. 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).
F. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses (RCGL) or hook-and-line fishermen must follow the bag and harvest restrictions of the recreational fishery for striped bass.
G. Permits may be obtained from all North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries License Offices.
H. STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area and sale tags are available at no cost from all N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries License Offices in Elizabeth City, Manteo, Washington, and Morehead City. Allow 48 hours for delivery.
I. No open commercial season for striped bass in counties south of the line referenced in I.E. (Camp Point through Wainwright Is. to Core Banks.
February 21, 2013