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FF-31-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: COBIA - COASTAL FISHING WATERS – RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL


This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-13-2017 dated April 10, 2017. It maintains a commercial minimum size limit of 33 inches fork length and implements a commercial trip limit of two (2) fish per person per day or six (6) fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive. These measures implement the commercial provisions of Framework Amendment 4 to the federal Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan. This proclamation also closes the recreational season through April 30, 2018 in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved management measures.

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the following restrictions will apply to the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters:

I. SUSPENSION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0516 N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516 that reads as follows is suspended in its entirety:

A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day.
II. RECREATIONAL SEASON
A. It is unlawful to possess Cobia. The fishery will remain closed through April 30, 2018.
III. COMMERCIAL SIZE AND HARVEST LIMIT
A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day or six (6) per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

IV. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of North Carolina G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and North Carolina 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 Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to implement the commercial management measures contained in Framework Amendment 4 to the federal Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan to constrain coastwide landings to the commercial Annual Catch Limit established by NOAA Fisheries and implement a recreational season closure through April 30, 2018 in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved management measures.

D. All undersized or over limit cobia shall be immediately returned to the waters where taken, regardless of the condition of the fish.

E. Contact the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net.

F. In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

G. This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-13-2017 dated April 10, 2017. It maintains a commercial minimum size limit of 33 inches fork length and implements a commercial trip limit of two (2) fish per person per day or six (6) fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive. These measures implement the provisions of Framework Amendment 4 to the federal Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan (see NOAA Fisheries Bulletin FB17-044: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2017/044/index.html. Federal waters remain closed to recreational harvest of cobia as per NOAA Fisheries Bulletins FB-17-004 http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2017/004/index.html and FB-17-045 http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2017/045/index.html. This proclamation also closes the recreational fishery through April 30, 2018 in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved management measures.

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

August 25, 2017
9:05 A.M.
FF-31-2017

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