RE: FLOUNDER – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 26, 2014, the Atlantic Ocean commercial flounder fishery will open and the following restrictions shall apply:
I. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF MARINE FISHERIES RULE
The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0503 is suspended: Section (i) (1), which reads: “The North Carolina season for landing ocean-caught flounder shall open January 1 each year. If 80 percent of the quota allocated to North Carolina in accordance with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder is projected to be taken, the Fisheries Director shall, by proclamation, close North Carolina ports to landing of flounder taken from the ocean.”
II. HARVEST LIMITS
During the period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and ending at 6:00 P.M., Saturday, November 15, 2014, no commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, may land more than 5,000 pounds of flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean. The commercial fishing operation must possess a valid License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean flounder fishery will close immediately after the Director issues a public notice that the quota of flounder has been landed from the Atlantic Ocean, or at 6:00 P.M., November 15, 2014, whichever occurs first.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-134; 113- 170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0503.
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. For the purposes of this proclamation, fish shall be considered landed when fish are unloaded or the vessel is tied to the dock, whichever occurs first.
D. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0503 (c) (1) it is unlawful to land more than 100 pounds per trip of flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean unless the vessel has been issued a License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean. This is in addition to the normally required licenses.
E. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0503 (c) (2) it is unlawful for a fish dealer to purchase or off-load more than 100 pounds of flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean by a vessel that has not first produced a valid License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean.