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It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length north of Cape Hatteras. Total length shall be measured along the lateral midline from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, excluding the caudal fin filament.
II. HARVEST LIMITS
A. During the period beginning at 12:01 A.M. Sunday, September 1, 2013 and ending at 6:00 P.M. Monday, September 30, 2013, no commercial fish pot or hook and line fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, may have total landings of more than 2500 pounds of black sea bass taken from the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras. The black sea bass fishery will close immediately after the Director issues a public notice that the quota of black sea bass has been landed from the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras, or at 6:00 P.M., September 30, 2013, whichever occurs first.
III. GEAR RESTRICTIONS
Black sea bass pots or traps must conform with the Federal rule requirements for escape vents specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(2) and for degradable fasteners specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(3)(i), (ii) and (iii). (See V.I. below).
Finfish dealers may not buy more than 100 pounds of black sea bass caught north of Cape Hatteras per day per commercial fishing operation unless the dealer has a valid 2013 Black Sea Bass – North of Cape Hatteras Dealer Permit from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Permits will be issued only to those licensed fish dealers holding a valid license as authorized in G.S. 113-169.3. Dealers must abide by all conditions of the 2013 Black Sea Bass-North of Cape Hatteras Dealer Permit as set out in N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0503.
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