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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-41-2017

Marine Fisheries

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XIV. Gray Triggerfish

A. It is unlawful to possess gray triggerfish less than 12 inches fork length.

B. The gray triggerfish recreational season opened January 1, 2017 and is subject to the bag limits in XVI.C.

XV. Wreckfish

A. It is unlawful to possess more than one wreckfish per vessel per day.

B. It is unlawful to possess wreckfish except from July 1 through August 31 of each year.

XVI. Combined Bag Limits

A. It is unlawful to possess more than five (5) vermilion snapper and ten (10) of the following species of snappers in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: silk snapper, blackfin snapper, yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, gray snapper, mutton snapper and lane snapper.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than three (3) of the following species of groupers or tilefish in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: gag grouper, black grouper, snowy grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, scamp, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper; blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, and sand tilefish with the following restrictions:
1. No more than one may be a gag or black grouper (individually or in combination) per person per day;
2. No more than one golden tilefish per person per day.
3. No more than one snowy grouper per vessel per day.
C. It is unlawful to possess more than twenty (20) of the following species of fish in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, saucereye porgy, scup (south of Cape Hatteras, 35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude), gray triggerfish, bar jack, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack, white grunt, margate, sailor’s choice and spadefish.

XVII. Harvest Restrictions

A. It is unlawful to fail to use dehooking tools in the snapper grouper fisheries when the fish is to be released.

B. It is unlawful to fail to use non-stainless steel circle hooks when fishing for snapper grouper species using natural baits.

C. It is unlawful to possess any species of the snapper grouper complex without heads and fins intact as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.186.
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