RE: BLACK SEA BASS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN- NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Saturday, May 3, 2014, the following restrictions shall apply to the commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.3’N. Latitude):
I. SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length north of Cape Hatteras. Total length shall be measured along the lateral midline from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, excluding the caudal fin filament.
II. HARVEST LIMITS
From the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras during the period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Saturday, May 3, 2014 and ending at 6:00 P.M. Saturday, May 17, 2014, it is unlawful for a commercial:
A. Fish pot or hook and line fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess more than 2,000 pounds of black sea bass; or
B. Trawl fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess more than 2,000 pounds of black sea bass.
The black sea bass fishery will close immediately after the Director issues a public notice that the quota of black sea bass has been landed from the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras, or at 6:00 P.M., May 17, 2014, whichever occurs first.
III. GEAR RESTRICTIONS
Black sea bass traps or pots must conform with the Federal rule requirements for escape vents specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(2) and for degradable fasteners specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(3)(i), (ii) and (iii).