RE: BLACK SEA BASS — COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN-
NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, June 1, 2014, the following restrictions shall apply to the commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.3’N. Latitude):
I. SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length north of Cape Hatteras. Total length shall be measured along the lateral midline from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, excluding the caudal fin filament.
II. HARVEST LIMITS
From the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras during the period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, June 1, 2014 and ending at midnight August 23, 2014, it is unlawful for a commercial:
A. Fish pot or hook and line fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess more than 1,000 pounds of black sea bass during each of the following two week periods;
1. From 12:01 A.M., June 1, through midnight June 14 B. Trawl fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess more than 200 pounds of black sea bass per trip.
2. From 12:01 A.M., June 15, through midnight June 28
3. From 12:01 A.M., June 29, through midnight July 12
4. From 12:01 A.M., July 13, through midnight July 26
5. From 12:01 A.M., July 27, through midnight August 9
6. From 12:01 A.M., August 10, through midnight August 23
The black sea bass fishery will close immediately after the Director issues a public notice that the quota of black sea bass has been landed from the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras, or at midnight August 23, 2014, whichever occurs first.
III. GEAR RESTRICTIONS
Black sea bass traps or pots must conform with the Federal rule requirements for escape vents specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(2) and for degradable fasteners specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(3)(i), (ii) and (iii).