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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-52-2012

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FF-52-2012

PROCLAMATION

RE: SNAPPER-GROUPER COMPLEX-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Saturday, October 20, 2012, the following restrictions will apply to the fisheries for snapper-grouper:

I. Black Sea Bass, south of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude)

It is unlawful to possess, sell, or offer for sale black sea bass taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for recreational or commercial purposes.
This closure shall remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. June 1, 2013.

II. Gag Grouper and Black Grouper 

A.For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess gag or black grouper less than 24 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than one gag or one black grouper per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale gag and black grouper taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for recreational or commercial purposes.
2. This closure shall remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. May 1, 2013.

III. Other Groupers

A. It is unlawful to possess shallow water grouper species taken for recreational and commercial purposes from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from January 1 through April 30. Shallow water grouper species include gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, and yellowmouth grouper.

B. It is unlawful to possess red grouper less than 20 inches total length.

C. It is unlawful to possess yellowfin grouper (fireback grouper) less than 20 inches total length.

D. It is unlawful to possess scamp less than 20 inches total length.

E. It is unlawful to possess yellowmouth grouper less than 20 inches total length.

F. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit to possess or land more than one hundred pounds of snowy grouper per trip.

G. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale misty grouper and yellowedge grouper. This closure is in effect until 12:01 A.M. January 1, 2013.
For commercial purposes, it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale shallow water grouper species taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from October 20, 2012 through April 30, 2013. Shallow water grouper species are listed in III.A. above. 

IV. Greater Amberjack

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack less than 28 inches fork length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack less than 36 inches fork length. 2. It is unlawful to sell or purchase greater amberjack less than 36 inches fork length.
C. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.

D. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit to possess more than 1,200 pounds (gutted weight) of greater amberjack per trip.

E. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day during the month of April.

F. It is unlawful to sell or purchase greater amberjack during any season closure for greater amberjack.

V. Other Jacks

A. For commercial purposes:
Effective at 12:01 a.m. July 2, 2012 through December 31, 2012, it is unlawful to possess almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack. Possession is restricted to the recreational bag and possession limits.

B. For recreational purposes:
Almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack are part of the 20 fish in the aggregate per person per day recreational bag and possession limit in XII. I.

VI. Red Snapper

It is unlawful to possess, sell or offer for sale red snapper taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for recreational or commercial purposes.
 
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