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FF-34-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL PURPOSES- INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS AND ATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS (GEAR SPECIFIC) - SEASON DATES, SIZE AND GEAR RESTRICTIONS


This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-31-2019, dated August 28, 2019. It establishes commercial flounder season dates for Internal Coastal Waters by Flounder Management Area. It maintains a 15-inch total length minimum size limit. It also maintains the regulation making it unlawful to possess flounder taken from anchored large mesh gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 6 inches. It makes it unlawful for a commercial fishing operation to possess flounder from the Atlantic Ocean Waters taken by any method other than trawls. This action is being taken to comply with the requirements of Amendment 2 to the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, September 15, 2019, the following restrictions will apply to the taking of flounder for commercial purposes in Internal Coastal Waters and Atlantic Ocean Waters (Section I. D. ONLY):

I. AREA AND SEASON OPENING AND CLOSING DATES (See Maps)

A. Northern Management Area: includes Albemarle, Currituck, Roanoke, and Croatan sounds and their associated rivers or waters north from a line extending across the 35° 46.3000’N latitude which runs approximately from the north end of Pea Island (old Coast Guard station) westerly to a point on the mainland Dare County shore at Point Peter Canal.
1. The flounder harvest period for the Northern Management Area will open at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, September 15, 2019 and close at 8:00 P.M., Sunday, October 13, 2019.
B. Central Management Area: including Pamlico Sound and the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, Pungo, and Bay rivers and their tributaries north of a line starting at a point on Portsmouth Island 35° 0.0765’ N – 76° 7.4123’ W running westerly to Cedar Island Ferry following the shoreline to a point at Cedar Island Ferry landing 35° 1.1349’ N – 76° 18.7599’ W following Highway 12 to the intersection of Highway 70 to the Core Creek bridge.
1. The flounder harvest period for the Central Management Area will open at 12:01 A.M., Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and close at 8:00 P.M., Saturday, October 26, 2019.
C. Southern Management Area: encompasses all Internal Coastal Waters from the line described above in I. B. to the North Carolina/South Carolina border.
1. The flounder harvest period for the Southern Management Area will open at 12:01 A.M., Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and close at 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 15, 2019.
D. Atlantic Ocean Waters
It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation to possess flounder from the Atlantic Ocean Waters if taken by any method other than trawl and in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0503.
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