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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-35-2013

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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 per person 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 three blueline tilefish or sand tilefish per person per day.
C. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful to possess golden tilefish through 12:01 A.M. January 1, 2014.
For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to possess golden tilefish. The season will reopen at 12:01 A.M. on January 1, 2014.

D. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind.

E. It is unlawful to possess warsaw grouper.


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

G. For commercial and recreational purposes, it is lawful to possess jolthead, knobbed, saucereye and whitebone porgy and scup.
No size or trip limits are in effect at this time.

H. For commercial and recreational purposes, it is lawful to possess gray triggerfish taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. No size or trip limits are in effect at this time.

I. As an exception to XII. F. above, spadefish may be retained and sold in any number without a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit when taken for commercial purposes in coastal waters.

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

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

L. It is unlawful for persons in possession of a valid National Marine Fisheries Service Snapper-Grouper Permit for Charter Vessels to exceed the creel restrictions established in Sections (I), (IX) and (X) of this proclamation when fishing with more than three persons (including the captain and mate) on board.

M. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex harvested or possessed under the bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.39 (d) unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit.

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

O. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean from a vessel without a valid 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. Sea bass may be taken with pots that conform with the federal rule requirements for mesh sizes and pot size as specified in 50 CFR Part §646.2, openings and degradable fasteners specified in 50 CFR §Part 646.22(c)(2)(i), and escape vents and degradable materials as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.40 (b)(3)(i) and rules published in 50 CFR pertaining to sea bass north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.0321' N. Latitude). 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 §622.40(a)(2)(xv) and 50 CFR Part §622.40(d)(1)(i), respectively.
South of Cape Hatteras, sea bass may be taken with pots that conform with the federal rule requirements for mesh sizes and pot size as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.40. Copies of these rules are available via the Federal Register notice for South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Amendment 18A, posted on the Internet at  http://gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-01/pdf/2012-13342.pdf and at the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 at no cost.

XIV. Dehooking Tools

It is unlawful to fail to use dehooking tools in both the recreational and commercial snapper-grouper fisheries when the fish is to be released.
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