RE: DOLPHIN - COMMERCIAL PURPOSES
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, June 24, 2015 the following restrictions will apply to the commercial fisheries for dolphin:
I. SALE AND HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale dolphin taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The season will re-open at 12:01 A.M., January 1, 2016.
II. 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 N.C. 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 N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to maintain North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of amendments to the Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic.
D. After the commercial annual catch limit (quota) has been met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and take and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit when the recreational season is open (50 CFR Part §622.280(a)(1)(i).
E. The provisions of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission rule 15A NCAC 03M .0515 and proclamation FF-27-2012 remain in effect.
F. In accordance with N.C. 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. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, phone 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information, or visit the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
H. This proclamation closes the commercial harvest of dolphin. The season will re-open January 1, 2016. For more information, please see the following federal Fishery Bulletin: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2015/fb15-042_sa_comm_dolphin_closure.pdf.
June 22, 2015