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FF-38-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: SNAPPER-GROUPER COMPLEX – COMMERCIAL – BLUELINE TILEFISH – EIGHT DAY SEASON OPENING

This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-37-2017, dated October 13, 2017. It opens the commercial blueline tilefish fishery, effective 12:01 A.M. October 24, 2017 and closes the fishery 12:01 A.M. November 1, 2017.


Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M., Tuesday, October 24, 2017 the following restrictions will apply to the commercial fisheries for snapper-grouper:

I. Permit Requirements

A. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or exceed the recreational bag limits of any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex specified in 50 CFR Part §622.187(b) unless the vessel owner has been issued a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.

B. For a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper Grouper and a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit it is unlawful to exceed the recreational bag limits for snapper grouper species when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board, or when carrying paying customers.

C. For a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper Grouper and a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any species of the Snapper Grouper Complex harvested when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board or when carrying paying customers.

D. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council without a valid Federal Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer Permit.

E. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from a vessel that does not hold a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.

F. It is unlawful to possess more than one trip limit of snapper grouper complex species at any time excluding licensed finfish dealers with a valid Federal Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer permit.

G. It is unlawful to take black sea bass using pot gear without having both a valid Federal Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit and a valid Federal South Atlantic Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsement onboard.

H. It is unlawful to take golden tilefish using longline gear without having both a valid Federal Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit and a valid Federal South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline Endorsement onboard.

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

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

B. It is unlawful to use hook-and-line gear to possess:
1. From January 1 through April 30, more than 354 pounds whole weight (300 pounds gutted weight) of black sea bass per trip;
2. From May 1 through December 31, more than 1,180 pounds whole weight (1,000 pounds gutted weight) of black sea bass per trip.
C. Effective 12:01 A.M. Thursday, December 29, 2016 for a vessel with a valid federal Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsement using pot gear the following restrictions apply:
1. It is unlawful to possess more than 1,180 pounds whole weight (1,000 pounds gutted weight) of black sea bass per trip.
2. It is unlawful to possess on board more than 35 pots when in possession of black sea bass.
3. It is unlawful to fail to remove all sea bass pots from the water and return the vessel to a dock, berth, beach, seawall or ramp at the conclusion of a trip.
4. From November 1-30 and April 1-30 each year, it is unlawful to use pots to harvest or possess black sea bass inshore of the rhumb lines connecting the points in Table 1 (approximates depths shallower than 25 meters).
5. From December 1 through March 31 each year, it is unlawful to use pots to harvest or possess black sea bass inshore of the rhumb lines connecting the points in Table 2 (approximates depths shallower than 30 meters).
6. It is unlawful to transit the seasonally prohibited areas described in (4) and (5) of this section without black sea bass pots appropriately stowed as described in 50 CFR §622.183(b)(6)(iii). Transit means non-stop progression through the area and appropriately stowed means all sea bass pots must be out of the water and on board the deck of the vessel, with buoys either disconnected from the pot or stowed within the sea bass pot.
7. From September 1 through May 31 each year, it is unlawful to use pots to harvest black sea bass without a 12-inch wide purple band added onto the buoy line at the end of, and directly adjacent to, each of the currently required 12-inch colored marks required through the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan described in 50 CFR §229.32(b).
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