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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-47-2019

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FF-47-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: STRIPED BASS – ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA – RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL – COMMERCIAL CLOSURE


This proclamation supersedes FF-39-2019 dated September 27, 2018. It closes the harvest of striped bass taken for commercial purposes in the Albemarle Sound Management Area at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, November 22, 2019, due to the 2019 commercial allocation being reached. The harvest season for striped bass taken for recreational purposes remains open. The recreational harvest season shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, April 30, 2020, whichever occurs first.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 11:59 P.M., Friday, November 22, 2019, the harvest of striped bass taken for COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IN THE ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA WILL CLOSE. The harvest season for striped bass taken for recreational purposes remains open. The following provisions shall apply:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION
Albemarle Sound Management Area as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0201(a).

II. RECREATIONAL SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS, SEASON, MEANS AND METHODS

A. It is unlawful to possess striped bass less than 18 inches in total length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) striped bass taken in any one day by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes from the Albemarle Sound Management Area.

C. It is unlawful to possess striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area for recreational purposes except when taken by hook-and-line or with recreational commercial gear.

D. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or purchase striped bass taken by hook-and-line or with recreational commercial gear for recreational purposes.

E. The recreational season for striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Tuesday, April 30, 2020, whichever occurs first.

III. COMMERCIAL SEASON CLOSURE
No person may take, possess, transport, buy, sell, or offer for sale striped bass from the area defined In Section I. Dealers will have until two weeks after the closing of the season to sell, offer for sale, transport, or have in possession unfrozen striped bass taken in this fishery.

IV. 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 .0202, and and 03O .0500 et seq..

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. 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.

D. For gill net requirements in the Albemarle Sound Management Area, see the most recent M-type proclamations specific to the area.

E. The intent of this proclamation is to manage the commercial harvest of striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area within the 137,500 pound annual harvest quota established by the November 2014 Revision to Amendment 1 of the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan.

F. It is unlawful for a dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass taken from the Albemarle Sound Management Area without holding a valid 2019/2020 STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Dealers shall abide by all conditions which appear on the permit as well as the general provisions which appear in N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3O .0500 et seq.

G. Striped bass lawfully sold to a permitted dealer may be resold to a non-permitted wholesale or retail market provided the initial permitted dealer records their dealer identification number on each bill of lading or receipts involved in the shipment of striped bass. Any individual or corporation who holds a - shall obtain a 2019/2020 STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area in order to sell any striped bass personally harvested.

H. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0201 defines striped bass as striped bass and its hybrids.

I. Recreational seasons for striped bass in the Roanoke River Management Area, which is designated as the Roanoke River and its joint and inland tributaries, including the Eastmost, Middle and Cashie rivers, up to the Roanoke Rapids dam, is under the management jurisdiction of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and is exempt from this proclamation.

J. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses or hook-and-line fishermen shall follow the size, creel, and season limits of the recreational fishery for striped bass.

K. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0202 states that all striped bass that do not meet the minimum size limit specified by proclamation shall immediately be returned to the waters from which taken regardless of condition.

L. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0201, it is unlawful for a dealer to possess, buy, sell, or offer for sale striped bass taken from the Albemarle Sound Management Area without having a N. C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued Albemarle Sound Management Area striped bass tag affixed through the mouth and gill cover. In case of striped bass imported from other states, a similar tag that is issued for striped bass in the state of origin shall be affixed. All unused tags shall be returned to the Division of Marine Fisheries after the season closes.

M. 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://ncmarinefisheries.net

N. This proclamation supersedes FF-39-2019 dated September 27, 2018. It closes the harvest of striped bass taken for commercial purposes in the Albemarle Sound Management Area at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, November 22, 2019, due to the 2019 commercial allocation being reached. The harvest season for striped bass taken for recreational purposes remains open. The recreational harvest season shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, April 30, 2020, whichever occurs first.

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Stephen W. Murphey, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES, DEQ

November 20, 2019
4:26 P.M.
FF-47-2019

 

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