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FF-36-2012

PROCLAMATION

RE: SNAPPER-GROUPER COMPLEX-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 9:00 A.M., Thursday, June 7, 2012, the following restrictions will apply to the fisheries for snapper-grouper:

I. Black Sea Bass, south of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude)

A. For commercial purposes:

It is unlawful to possess, sell or purchase black sea bass taken from the waters south of Cape Hatteras under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council though 12:01 A.M. July 1, 2012.

It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length

B. For recreational purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 12 inches total length. Effective July 1, 2012, it is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 13 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to take or possess more than five black sea bass per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit.

II. Gag Grouper and Black Grouper

A. For recreational purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess gag or black grouper less than 24 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than one gag or one black grouper per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.

B. For commercial purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess gag or black grouper less than 24 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than one gag or one black grouper per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.
3. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit to possess more than 1,000 pounds (gutted weight) of gag grouper per trip.

III. Other Groupers

A. It is unlawful to possess shallow water grouper species taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from January 1 through April 30. Shallow water grouper species include gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, and yellowmouth grouper.

B. It is unlawful to possess red grouper less than 20 inches total length.

C. It is unlawful to possess yellowfin grouper (fireback grouper) less than 20 inches total length.

D. It is unlawful to possess scamp less than 20 inches total length.

E. It is unlawful to possess yellowmouth grouper less than 20 inches total length.

F. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit to possess or land more than one hundred pounds of snowy grouper per trip.

IV. Greater Amberjack

A. For recreational purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack less than 28 inches fork length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day.

B. For commercial purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack less than 36 inches fork length.
2. It is unlawful to sell or purchase greater amberjack less than 36 inches fork length.

C. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.

D. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit to possess more than 1,200 pounds (gutted weight) of greater amberjack per trip.

E. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day during the month of April.

F. It is unlawful to sell or purchase greater amberjack during any season closure for greater amberjack.

V. Red Snapper
It is unlawful to possess, sell or offer for sale red snapper taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for recreational or commercial purposes.

VI. Vermilion Snapper

A. For recreational purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess vermilion snapper (beeliner) less than 12 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than five vermilion snapper per person per day.
3. It is unlawful to possess vermilion snapper (beeliner) taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from November 1 through March 31.

B. For commercial purposes:

1. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale vermilion snapper taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for commercial purposes. This closure remains in effect until 12:01 A.M., July 1, 2012, when the harvest of vermilion snapper will open.
2. Effective July 1, 2012, it is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper- Grouper Permit to possess more than 1,500 pounds (gutted weight) of vermilion snapper per trip.

3. It is unlawful to possess vermilion snapper less than 12 inches total length.

VII. Other Snapper

A. It is unlawful to possess silk snapper less than 12 inches total length.

B. It is unlawful to possess blackfin snapper less than 12 inches total length.

VIII. Hogfish

A. For recreational purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess more than five hogfish (hog snapper) per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.
2. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 12 inches fork length.

B. For commercial purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 12 inches fork length.
2. For a single day trip, it is unlawful to possess more than 150 pounds of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard.
3. For trips of more than one day, it is unlawful to possess more than 100 pounds of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard, for each additional day up to seven days. It is unlawful to possess more than 750 pounds of hogfish in seven days. Vessels targeting hogfish shall call in to Marine Patrol Communications at 800-682-2632 and report date of departure prior to leaving the dock.

 

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