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FF-26-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHARK HARVEST- RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL – INCREASED COMMERCIAL POSSESSION LIMIT FOR LARGE COASTAL SHARKS

This Proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-14-2017, dated April 12, 2017. It increases the retention limit for the commercial aggregated large coastal shark (LCS) and hammerhead shark management groups from 3 to 36 sharks per vessel per trip.


Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 a.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017, the harvest of sharks taken in N.C. Coastal Fishing Waters is restricted as follows:

I. COMMERCIAL HARVEST RESTRICTIONS:

A. ALLOWABLE SPECIES, SEASONS AND STATUS OF THE 2017 SEASONS:
It is unlawful to possess sharks taken for commercial purposes except during open seasons established by this proclamation. Open seasons in North Carolina waters shall be the same as open seasons established by NOAA Fisheries for federal waters and followed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) in state waters. These open seasons are dependent on adherence to established quotas. The allowable shark species groups and commercial fishing seasons are defined herein as:

SPECIES GROUP

SEASONS

2017 STATUS OF SEASONS

1. AGGREGATED LARGE COASTAL (including hammerhead shark management group)

 

 

Allowable Species: blacktip, silky, spinner, bull, tiger, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, and sandbar*

From January 1 until the annual quotas are reached but not later than December 31. 

Open

2. SMALL COASTAL

 

 

North of 34° 00’ N. Latitude
Allowable Species: Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead, and finetooth

From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31

Open

South of 34° 00’ N. Latitude
Allowable Species: Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead, finetooth, and blacknose**

From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31

Open

3. PELAGIC

 

 

Blue Sharks

From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31

Open

Porbeagle Sharks

From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31

Open

Shortfin mako, oceanic whitetip, and common thresher sharks

From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31

Open

4. SMOOTH DOGFISH (SMOOTHHOUND SHARK)

From January 1 through December 31

Open

 

If quotas are reached prior to the end of the season, harvest will be closed by proclamation

 

*Sandbar sharks can only be retained by vessels selected to participate in the shark research fishery, subject to the retention limits established by NOAA Fisheries and only when a NOAA Fisheries-approved observer is onboard.
**It is unlawful to possess blacknose sharks north of the 34° 00' N. Latitude (approximately at Kure Beach, North Carolina).

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