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 the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 3H .0103, 3M .0201 and 3M .0202, 3O .0501 et seq. and 3Q .0107 (1)(c).
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority per N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule15A NCAC 3H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to allow the harvest of striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area by commercial fishing equipment within the harvest quota established by the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan.
D. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission rule 15A NCAC 03Q .0107, it is unlawful to possess striped bass or striped bass hybrids May through September in the joint fishing waters of the Albemarle Sound Management Area.
E. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses or hook-and-line fishermen must follow the bag limit and harvest restrictions of the recreational fishery for striped bass.
F. All striped bass taken during the season closures and all undersize striped bass shall be immediately returned to the water where taken, regardless of the condition of the fish.
G. Dealers whose businesses are located in Hyde, Dare, Tyrrell, Washington, Bertie, Chowan,Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck and other northern counties may obtain tags by contacting the Manteo Marine Patrol Office at 800-405-7774 or 252-473-5734. Allow 48 hours for delivery.
H. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-47-2013, dated September 20, 2013. It increases the daily harvest limit to 15 fish per day.
March 12, 2014