RE: SPANISH MACKEREL - COMMERCIAL/RECREATIONAL
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective from 12:01 A.M., Friday, July 3, until midnight, September 30, 2015 the following will apply to Spanish mackerel:
I. SUSPENSION OF A PORTION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0301
The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0301 is suspended:
Section (a) (1), which reads:
(a) Spanish Mackerel:
(1) It is unlawful to possess Spanish mackerel less than 12 inches fork length.
II. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
A. It is unlawful to possess Spanish mackerel less than 11 ½ inches fork length taken from pound nets.
B. It is unlawful to possess Spanish mackerel less than 12 inches fork length in all other commercial and recreational fisheries.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION:
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G. S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113- 221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03I .0102 and 03M .0512.
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. On August 7, 2013 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved Addendum 1 to the ASMFC Spanish Mackerel Fishery Management Plan. This allows for a seasonal (July through September) exemption from the minimum size limit for Spanish mackerel in the pound net fishery only. The intent is to minimize dead regulatory discards.
D. This proclamation only affects portion (a) (1) of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0301. Other portions of this rule remain in effect.
E. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.
F. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or
800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
G. This proclamation implements an 11 ½ inch fork length minimum size limit for Spanish mackerel in the commercial pound net fishery only. The intent of this size limit change is to reduce seasonal dead discards in this fishery. This size limit allowance was approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and will be effective through September 30, 2015.
June 30, 2015