V. LANDING RESTRICTIONS
Striped bass taken from areas opened by this proclamation shall only be sold only to and purchased by a dealer possessing a current STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area.
VI. SEASON CLOSURE
The striped bass season for commercial fishing equipment in the Albemarle Sound Management Area will close at 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, unless closed by proclamation at an earlier date due to the harvest allocation being met.Dealers will have until two weeks after the closing 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 the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 3H .0103, 3M .0201 and .0202, and 3O .0501 et seq.
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-20-2014, dated March 12, 2014. It decreases the daily harvest limit to 10 fish per day.
March 21, 2014