RE: FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, March 20, 2013, the following restrictions shall apply to the commercial flounder fishery:
I. SUSPENSION OF PORTION OF MARINE FISHERIES RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0503
The following portion of Marine Fisheries Rules for Coastal Waters 15A NCAC 03M .0503 is suspended:
The following words in Section (i) (1): “80 percent of” are removed. Section (i) (1) would then read:
(i) (1) The North Carolina season for landing ocean-caught flounder shall open January 1 of each year. If the quota allocated to North Carolina in accordance with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder is projected to be taken, the Fisheries Director shall, by proclamation, close North Carolina ports to the landing of flounder taken from the ocean.
II. HARVEST LIMITS
During the period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, March 20, 2013 and ending at 6:00 P.M., Friday, April 5, 2013, no commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, may have total landings of more than 10,000 pounds of flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean. These operations require a valid License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean flounder fishery will close immediately after the Director issues a public notice that the quota of flounder has been landed from the Atlantic Ocean, or at 6:00 P.M., April 5, 2013, whichever occurs first.
A. Finfish dealers may not buy more than 100 pounds of flounder per day per commercial fishing operation unless the dealer has a valid 2013 Atlantic Ocean Flounder Dealer Permit. Vessels landing more than 100 pounds of flounder per day from the Atlantic Ocean are required to possess a valid License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Permits will be issued only to those licensed fish dealers holding a valid license as authorized in G.S. 113-169.3. Dealers must abide by all conditions of the 2013 Atlantic Ocean Flounder Dealer Permit.
B. Dealers possessing a 2013 Atlantic Ocean Flounder Dealer Permit shall report flounder landings from the Atlantic Ocean through FAX transmittal (252-726-3903) or electronic mail on forms provided by the Division of Marine Fisheries. Flounder landings reports for each day’s catch shall be reported by noon of the following day.
IV. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-134; 113- 170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03M .0503 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 to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.