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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-49-2014

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C. Golden tilefish:
1. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Snapper-Grouper permit to use longline gear to harvest or possess golden tilefish without having a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement onboard. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement to harvest golden tilefish using hook-and-line gear during a longline season closure.
2. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful for vessels with a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement to harvest or possess golden tilefish. The longline season will reopen at 12:01 A.M., January 1, 2015.
3. For vessels with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit, it is unlawful to harvest or possess more than 500 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish per trip.
4. Federal rules for commercial golden tilefish longline endorsements became effective May 23, 2013 and can be found in 50 CFR Part § 622.170(f).
5. For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to harvest or possess golden tilefish. The season will reopen January 1, 2015.

D. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind.

E. It is unlawful to possess warsaw grouper.

F. For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to possess more than 20 fish in the aggregate per person per day of the following species without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy,longspine porgy, scup, gray triggerfish, yellow jack, bar jack, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack, white grunt, margate and spadefish.

G. As an exception to XII.F.above, spadefish may be retained and sold in any numberwithout a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit when taken for commercial purposes in coastal waters.

H. For vessels with a valid Federal Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale gray triggerfish. The commercial season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., January 1, 2015.

I. For vessels with a valid Federal Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit, it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale blueline tilefish. The commercial season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., January 1, 2015.

J. It is unlawful to possess any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex except snowy, yellowedge, and misty groupers; blueline, golden and sand tilefishes; while having longline gear aboard a vessel during open harvest seasons.

K. It is unlawful to possess Nassau grouper or Goliath grouper.

L. It is unlawful for a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Charter/HeadboatPermit and a valid Federal South Atlantic Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit to exceed the recreational creel restrictions established in this proclamation when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board.

M. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex harvested or possessed under the bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.187(b) unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit.

N. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean without a valid Federal South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Dealer Permit or valid Federal Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer Permit.

O. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean from a vessel that does not hold a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.

P. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful to possess more than one trip limit of snapper grouper complex species at any time excluding licensed finfish dealers with a valid Federal Snapper Grouper or Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer permit.

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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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