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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-17-2017

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FF-17-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: STRIPED BASS RECREATIONAL HARVEST REQUIREMENTS IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FROM OCRACOKE INLET NORTH TO THE NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA STATE LINE

This proclamation implements landing and reporting requirements for recreational striped bass harvest from the Atlantic Ocean (Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia state line) from May 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017. It does not change the existing 28-inch minimum size limit and one fish per person daily possession limit as outlined in FF-83-2014.

Braxton 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 recreational harvest of striped bass in the Atlantic Ocean waters of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia state line:

I. TAGGING REQUIREMENTS (Atlantic Ocean from Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia state line).
It is unlawful to possess striped bass landed from the Atlantic Ocean waters of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet (35° 04.4333N latitude) to the North Carolina/Virginia state line without having a landing tag affixed through the mouth and gill cover before leaving the site of landing. Striped Bass taken from trailered vessels shall have the landing tag affixed before the vessel is removed from the water. Catch cards must be completed to obtain a landing tag, except as noted in III F. and G. below.

II. TAGGING REQUIREMENT EXPIRATION
The requirement for landing tags and catch cards will end at midnight Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

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