RE: SPANISH MACKEREL COMMERCIAL/RECREATIONAL
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective from 12:01 A.M. Friday, August 1, 2014, until midnight, September 30, 2014 the following will apply to Spanish mackerel:
I. SPANISH MACKEREL TEMPORARY RULE SUSPENSION
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0301 (a) (1) is suspended.
II. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
A. It is unlawful to possess Spanish mackerel in the commercial pound net fishery less than 11 1/2 inches fork length.
B. It is unlawful to possess Spanish mackerel less than 12 inches fork length in all other commercial and recreational fisheries.
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. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 03I .0102 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. On August 7, 2013 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved Addendum 1 to the ASMFC Spanish Mackerel Fishery Management Plan. This allows for a seasonal (July through September) exemption from the minimum size limit for Spanish mackerel in the pound net fishery only. The intent is to minimize dead regulatory discards.
D. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
E. This proclamation does not affect the possession limits in Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0301.
July 23, 2014