RE: SPINY DOGFISH-COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M. Saturday, March 16, 2013, the following restrictions will apply to the harvest of spiny dogfish in the waters of North Carolina.
I. HARVEST LIMITS, AREAS AND TRIP LIMITS
During the period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Saturday, March 16, 2013 and ending at 6:00 P.M., Monday, April 1, 2013, the following trip limits apply to these geographic areas:
A. BROWNS INLET - NORTH – No commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, may possess more than 5,000 pounds of spiny dogfish per day east and north of a line beginning at a point 34° 37.0000’N – 77° 15.000’W; running southeasterly to a point 34° 32.0000’N – 77° 10.0000’W.
B. BROWNS INLET- SOUTH – No commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, may possess more than 500 pounds of spiny dogfish per day west and south of a line beginning at a point 34° 37.0000’N – 77° 15.000’W; running southeasterly to a point 34° 32.0000’N – 77° 10.0000’W.
II. 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 and 03M.0512.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The NMFS Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan prohibits the use of gill nets greater that 5 inches or less than 7 inches stretched mesh at night from November 1 through April 30 in all Atlantic Ocean state waters.
D. The NMFS Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan prohibits the use of gill nets, greater than or equal to 7 inch stretched mesh, at night from December 16 through April 14, unless tie downs are used in Atlantic Ocean state waters from the NC/VA border (36° 33’ N) to Cape Lookout (34° 35.4’N). Tie downs shall be spaced not more than 15 feet apart along the float line, not more than 48 inches in length from the point where it connects to the float line to the point where it connects to the lead line. Night is any time one hour after sunset and one hour prior to sunrise.
E. The landing prohibition beginning at 6:00 P.M. on April 1, 2013 will allow the Division to review landing reports. Landings for the second harvest period may be adjusted by proclamation if the spiny dogfish quota has not been taken.
F. The different harvest limits are intended to allow a portion of the quota to be harvested for research and educational purposes. Finfish dealers are required to possess a valid Spiny Dogfish Dealer Permit and adhere to the daily reporting requirements in Proclamation FF-45-2012, dated September 11, 2012.
G. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-15-2013, dated February 21, 2013.
March 13, 2013