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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-39-2012

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FF-39-2012

PROCLAMATION

RE: SNAPPER-GROUPER COMPLEX-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Tuesday, September 4, 2012, the following restrictions will apply to the fisheries for snapper-grouper:

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

A. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit to
 possess more than 1,180 pounds whole weight (1,000 pounds gutted weight) of black sea bass per trip.
3. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid federal South Atlantic Snapper Grouper permit and a valid Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsement to possess on board more than 35 pots when in possession of black sea bass.
4. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid federal South Atlantic Snapper Grouper permit and a valid Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsement 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.
B. For recreational purposes:
It is unlawful to possess black sea bass taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for recreational purposes.
This closure shall remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. June 1, 2013.

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. Other Jacks

A. For commercial purposes:
Effective at 12:01 a.m. July 2, 2012 through December 31, 2012, it is unlawful to possess almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack. Possession is restricted to the recreational bag and possession limits.

B. For recreational purposes:
Almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack are part of the 20 fish in the aggregate per person per day recreational bag and possession limit in XII. H.

VI. Red Snapper

A. For commercial purposes:
Effective at 12:01A.M. Monday, September 17 through midnight Sunday, September 23, 2012 only, no commercial fishing operation regardless of the number of persons involved, may possess more than 50 pounds (gutted weight) or 55 pounds (whole weight) of red snapper. There is no minimum size limit.

B. For recreational purposes:
For the two weekend periods beginning at 12:01 A.M., Friday September 14 until midnight, Sunday, September 16, 2012 and from 12:01 A.M. Friday, September 21 through midnight Sunday September 23, 2012, no person may possess more than one red snapper per person per day. There is no minimum size limit.
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 prior to and following the dates listed in VI. A. and B. above.

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