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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-28-2014

Marine Fisheries

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XI. Wreckfish
For recreational purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess more than one wreckfish per vessel per day.
2. It is unlawful to possess wreckfish except from July 1 through August 31 of each year.

XII. Combined Bag Limits

A. It is unlawful to possess more than five vermilion snapper and 10 other snappers per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.
B. It is unlawful to possess more than three grouper (gag, black, snowy, misty, red, scamp, yellowedge, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers; blueline, golden and sand tilefish) per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit of which:
1. No more than one may be a gag or black grouper (individually or in combination) per person per day;
2. No more than one golden tilefish per person per day.
3. No more than one snowy grouper per vessel per day.
C. For golden tilefish for commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Snapper-Grouper permit to use longline gear to harvest orb possess golden tilefish without having a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsementb onboard. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsementb to harvest golden tilefish using hook-and-line gear during a longline season closure.
2. It is unlawful for vessels with a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement tobb harvest or possess golden tilefish. The longline season will reopen at 12:01 A.M., January 1, 2015.
3. For vessels with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit, it is unlawful tob harvest or possess more than 500 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish per trip.
4. Federal rules for commercial golden tilefish longline endorsements became effective May 23, 2013 and canb be found in 50 CFR Part § 622.170(f).
D. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind.

E. It is unlawful to possess warsaw grouper.


F. For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to possess more than 20 fish in the aggregate per person per day ofb the following species without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit:b whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy,longspine porgy, scup, gray triggerfish, yellow jack, bar jack,b almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack, white grunt, margate and spadefish.

G. As an exception to XII.F.above, spadefish may be retained and sold in any numberwithout a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit when taken for commercial purposes in coastal waters.

H. It is unlawful to possess any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex except snowy, yellowedge, and mistyb groupers; blueline, golden and sand tilefishes; while having longline gear aboard a vesselduring open harvest seasons.

I. It is unlawful to possess Nassau grouper or goliath grouper.

J. It is unlawful for a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Charter/HeadboatPermit and a valid Federal South Atlantic Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit to exceed the recreational creel restrictions established in this proclamation when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board.

K. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex harvested or possessed under the bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.187(b) unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit.

L. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean without a valid Federal South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Dealer Permit.

M. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean from a vessel that does not hold a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.

XIII. Fish Traps/Pots

A. It is unlawful to use or have on board a vessel fish traps for taking snappers and groupers except sea bass pots as allowed in Section XIII.B.below.

B. South of Cape Hatteras, black sea bass may be taken with pots that conform with the federal rule requirements for configuration, mesh sizes, degradable materials, and escape panels as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.189(b) through (d), and identification requirements as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.177(a).

C. Federal rules for commercial black sea bass pot endorsements and pot restrictions, both of which were effective July 1, 2012, can be found in 50 CFR Part §622.170(e) and 50 CFR Part §622.189(e) and (f), respectively.
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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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