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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-49-2014

Marine Fisheries

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IX. Hogfish

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess more than five hogfish (hog snapper) per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.
2. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 12 inches fork length.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 12 inches fork length.
2. For a single day trip, it is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit to possess more than 150 pounds of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard.
3. For trips of more than one day, it is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit to possess more than 100 pounds of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard, for each additional day up to seven days. It is unlawful to possess more than 750 pounds of hogfish in seven days. Vessels targeting hogfish shall call in to Marine Patrol Communications at 800-682-2632 and report date of departure prior to leaving the dock.

X. Red Porgy

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess red porgy less than 14 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than three red porgies per person per day (or three per trip, whichever is more restrictive) without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess red porgy less than 14 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit to possess or land more than 120 individual red porgy per vessel per trip from May 1 through December 31.

XI. Wreckfish
For recreational purposes:

1. It is unlawful to possess more than one wreckfish per vessel per day.
2. It is unlawful to possess wreckfish except from July 1 through August 31 of each year.

XII. Combined Bag Limits

A. It is unlawful to possess more than five vermilion snapper and 10 other snappers per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than three grouper (gag, black, snowy, misty, red, scamp, yellowedge, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers; blueline, golden and sand tilefish) per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit of which:
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 when the recreational season is open.
3. No more than one snowy grouper per vessel per day when the recreational season is open.
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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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