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Snapper Grouper Complex Species

Snappers

Groupers

 

Triggerfish

Grunts

Sea Basses

Blackfin snapper

Black grouper

Wreckfish

Gray triggerfish

Cottonwick**

Bank sea bass**

Cubera snapper

Coney

Yellowedge grouper

Ocean triggerfish**

Margate

Black sea bass

Gray snapper

Gag

Yellowfin grouper

 

Sailors choice

Rock sea bass**

Lane snapper

Goliath grouper*

Yellowmouth grouper

Jacks

Tomtate

 

Mutton snapper

Graysby

 

Almaco jack

White grunt

 

Queen snapper

Misty grouper

Porgys

Banded rudderfish

 

 

Red snapper*

Nassau grouper*

Jolthead porgy

Bar jack

Spadefishes

 

Silk snapper

Red grouper

Knobbed porgy

Greater amberjack

Spadefish

 

Vermilion snapper

Red hind

Longspine porgy**

Lesser amberjack

 

 

Yellowtail snapper

Rock hind

Red porgy

 

Wrasses

 

 

Scamp

Saucereye porgy

Tilefishes

Hogfish

 

 

Speckled hind*

Scup

Blueline tilefish

 

 

 

Snowy grouper

Whitebone porgy

Golden tilefish

 

 

 

Warsaw grouper*

 

Sand tilefish

 

 

*Harvest prohibited
**Ecosystem component species (not subject to annual catch limits or management measures)

XVIII. 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. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03M .0506 and 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 Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to maintain North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of amendments to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. Effective October 1, 2008, the provisions found in this proclamation were eliminated from N.C. Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0506 in order to allow the Fisheries Director the latitude to comply with changes that occur in the requirements without suspending portions of the rule.

D. Provisions for multiple day trip possessions for vessels without a valid Federal South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit are found in 50 CFR Part §622.187(c). This federal rule states in part that a person aboard a charter vessel or headboat on a trip that spans more than 24 hours may possess no more than two daily bag limits of species other than red porgy. A person aboard a headboat on a trip that spans more than 48 hours and who can document that fishing was conducted on at least three days may possess no more than three bag limits of species other than red porgy. Privately-operated vessels are allowed only one bag limit.

E. Effective January 27, 2014, federal rules are amended to allow captains and crew of for-hire vessels with valid Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Snapper-Grouper Permits to retain bag limit quantities of all snapper-grouper species during the open recreational season.

F. Fish harvested under the recreational bag limits may not be sold as part of a state-licensed recreational fishing tournament (50 CFR Part §622.192).

G. Vessels fishing in or harvesting fish from the EEZ are required to carry the appropriate federal permit when operating as a for-hire vessel. See 50 CFR Part §622.170(b).

H. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

I. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, phone 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information, or visit the division website at http://www.ncmarinefisheries.net. For a quick guide to snapper grouper regulations, please see http://safmc.net/regulations/regulation-fact-sheetsother-resources/.

J. This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-29-2017 dated August 21, 2017. It closes the recreational fishery for greater amberjack due to the recreational annual catch limit being met. The fishery will re-open on March 1, 2018. Please see the following NOAA Fishery Bulletin for more information:
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1109061162788&ca=e78db939-f044-47ac-abb1-033e517ed299

 

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

October 27, 2017
4:18 P.M.
FF-41-2017

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