RE: SPOTTED SEATROUT RECREATIONAL
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M., Sunday, June 15, 2014, the following will apply to spotted seatrout in the recreational fishery:
I. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess spotted seatrout (speckled trout) less than 14 inches total length.
II. RECREATIONAL BAG LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess more than four (4) spotted seatrout per person per day by hook and line or for recreational purposes.
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. Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103and 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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. This action was taken to reopen the spotted seatrout recreational fishery as outlined in the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan Supplement A, following a closure implemented due to a cold stun event in February 2014.
D. Recreational size and creel limits for spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum and gray trout taken in Inland Fishing Waters are the same as the recreational limits for those species in adjacent Joint and Coastal FishingWaters.
E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-9-2014, dated February 3, 2014. It allows recreational harvest of spotted seatrout.
June 9, 2014