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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-52-2017

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XI. Other Porgies
The Porgies Complex includes jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, saucereye porgy, and scup. These species are included in the twenty (20) fish in the aggregate per person per day recreational bag and possession limit in XVI.C.

XII. Golden Tilefish
The golden tilefish recreational season opened January 1, 2017 and is subject to the bag limits in XVI.B.

XIII. Blueline Tilefish
It is unlawful to possess blueline tilefish except from May 1 through August 31 each year, subject to the bag limits in XVI.B.

XIV. Gray Triggerfish

A. It is unlawful to possess gray triggerfish less than 12 inches fork length.

B. The gray triggerfish recreational season opened January 1, 2017 and is subject to the bag limits in XVI.C.

XV. Wreckfish

A. It is unlawful to possess more than one wreckfish per vessel per day.

B. It is unlawful to possess wreckfish except from July 1 through August 31 of each year.

XVI. Combined Bag Limits

A. It is unlawful to possess more than five (5) vermilion snapper and ten (10) of the following species of snappers in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: silk snapper, blackfin snapper, yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, gray snapper, mutton snapper and lane snapper.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than three (3) of the following species of groupers or tilefish in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: gag grouper, black grouper, snowy grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, scamp, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper; blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, and sand tilefish with the following restrictions:
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.
3. No more than one snowy grouper per vessel per day.
C. It is unlawful to possess more than twenty (20) of the following species of fish in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, saucereye porgy, scup (south of Cape Hatteras, 35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude), gray triggerfish, bar jack, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack, white grunt, margate, sailor’s choice and spadefish.

XVII. Harvest Restrictions

A. It is unlawful to fail to use dehooking tools in the snapper grouper fisheries when the fish is to be released.

B. It is unlawful to fail to use non-stainless steel circle hooks when fishing for snapper grouper species using natural baits.

C. It is unlawful to possess any species of the snapper grouper complex without heads and fins intact as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.186.

Snapper Grouper Complex Species

Snappers

Groupers

 

Triggerfish

Grunts

Sea Basses

Blackfin snapper

Black grouper

Wreckfish

Gray triggerfish

Cottonwick**

Bank sea bass**

Cubera snapper

Coney

Yellowedge grouper

Ocean triggerfish**

Margate

Black sea bass

Gray snapper

Gag

Yellowfin grouper

 

Sailors choice

Rock sea bass**

Lane snapper

Goliath grouper*

Yellowmouth grouper

Jacks

Tomtate

 

Mutton snapper

Graysby

 

Almaco jack

White grunt

 

Queen snapper

Misty grouper

Porgys

Banded rudderfish

 

 

Red snapper

Nassau grouper*

Jolthead porgy

Bar jack

Spadefishes

 

Silk snapper

Red grouper

Knobbed porgy

Greater amberjack

Spadefish

 

Vermilion snapper

Red hind

Longspine porgy**

Lesser amberjack

 

 

Yellowtail snapper

Rock hind

Red porgy

 

Wrasses

 

 

Scamp

Saucereye porgy

Tilefishes

Hogfish

 

 

Speckled hind*

Scup

Blueline tilefish

 

 

 

Snowy grouper

Whitebone porgy

Golden tilefish

 

 

 

Warsaw grouper*

 

Sand tilefish

 

 

*Harvest prohibited;
**Ecosystem component species (not subject to annual catch limits or management measures)

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