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FF-40-2013

PROCLAMATION

RE: COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SHARK HARVEST - ALL STATE WATERS


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M. Friday, August 2, 2013, the harvest of sharks taken in state waters is restricted as follows:

I. COMMERCIAL HARVEST RESTRICTIONS:

A. ALLOWABLE SPECIES AND SEASONS:
It is unlawful to possess sharks taken for commercial purposes except during open seasons established by this proclamation. Open seasons in North Carolina waters shall be the same as open seasons established by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for federal waters. These open seasons are dependent on adherence to established quotas. The allowable shark species groups and commercial fishing seasons are defined herein as:
SPECIES GROUP SEASONS
1. LARGE COASTAL  
Species: blacktip, silky, spinner, bull, tiger, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, and smooth hammerhead From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31.
2. SMALL COASTAL  
Species: Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead, finetooth, and blacknose From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31
3. PELAGIC  
Species: shortfin mako, porbeagle, common thresher, oceanic whitetip, and blue shark From January 1 until the annual quota is reached but not later than December 31
4. SMOOTH DOGFISH (SMOOTHHOUND) From January 1 through December 31
  If quotas are reached prior to the end of the season, seasons will be closed by proclamation
B. SIZE AND CATCH LIMITS:
1. Large Coastal: It is unlawful to possess more than 36 Large Coastal sharks per trip. There is no minimum size limit on commercial Large Coastal sharks.
2. Small Coastal: This group is exempt from harvest and size restrictions.
3. Pelagic: This group is exempt from harvest and size restrictions.
4. It is unlawful to fail to return all sharks not meeting harvest requirements to the water in a manner that ensures the highest likelihood of survival.
5. It is unlawful to possess any shark [with the exception of smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark) without tail and fins naturally attached to the carcass through the point of landing. Commercial fishermen may completely remove the fins of smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark). If fins are removed, the total wet weight of the shark fins may not exceed twelve (12) percent of the total dressed weight of smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark) carcasses landed or found onboard a vessel.
6. It is unlawful for vessels with pelagic longline gear aboard to retain, transship, land, store or sell scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead and whitetip sharks. Charter/headboat vessels cannot possess these sharks while in possession of tunas, swordfish or billfish. It is unlawful to possess porbeagle sharks for the remainder of 2013 due to the present quota being caught.
7. It is unlawful to retain sandbar sharks unless vessels are selected to participate in the shark research fishery, subject to the retention limits established by NOAA Fisheries and then only when a NOAA Fisheries approved observer is onboard.

 

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