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XII.  Golden Tilefish

A. For a vessel with a valid federal Golden Tilefish Longline Endorsement:
1. It is unlawful to possess golden tilefish taken by longline gear. The fishery will re-open January 1, 2016. 
2. It is unlawful to take golden tilefish by hook-and-line gear.

B. It is unlawful to possess golden tilefish taken by hook-and-line from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Commercial harvest for the hook-and-line sector will re-open at 12:01 A.M. on January 1, 2016.

XIII. Blueline Tilefish
It is unlawful to possess blueline tilefish taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management CouncilCommercial harvest will re-open at 12:01 A.M. on January 1, 2016.

XIV. Gray Triggerfish It is unlawful to possess gray triggerfish less than 12 inches fork length. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale gray triggerfish taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.  Commercial harvest will re-open at 12:01 A.M. on January 1, 2016.

XV.  Harvest Restrictions

A. It is unlawful to use or have on board a vessel fish traps for taking snappers and groupers except sea bass pots as allowed in Section XV.B. below.

B. South of Cape Hatteras it is unlawful to take black sea bass with pots that fail to conform with the federal rule requirements for configuration, mesh sizes, degradable materials, and escape panels as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.189(b) through (d), and identification requirements as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.177(a).

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

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

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

F. 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.

G. As an exception to I.A., spadefish may be retained and sold in any number without a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit when taken for commercial purposes in coastal waters.

XVI. 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 .0506 and 03M .0512.

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. The intent of this proclamation is to maintain North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of amendments to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. Effective October 1, 2008, the provisions found in this proclamation were eliminated from N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0506 in order to allow the Fisheries Director the latitude to comply with changes that occur in the requirements without suspending portions of the rule.

D. After a commercial snapper–grouper quota has been met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and take and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit when the recreational season is open (50 CFR Part §622.190(c)(1)). Please see the most recent FF Snapper Grouper recreational proclamation for recreational size and bag limits.

E. Federal rules for commercial Golden Tilefish Longline Endorsements became effective May 23, 2013 and can be found in 50 CFR Part § 622.170(f).

F. Federal rules for commercial Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsements and pot restrictions, both of which were effective July 1, 2012, can be found in 50 CFR Part §622.170(e) and 50 CFR Part §622.189(e) and (f), respectively.

G. New federal permit and reporting requirements for dealers purchasing snapper grouper species became effective August 7, 2014.  Please see 50 CFR Part §622.5(c) and
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2014/fb14-024_dealer_reporting_fr.pdf

H. Species in the federal South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Complex include: (please go to www.safmc.net for the latest information).

I.  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.

J. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, phone 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information, or visit the division website at http://ncmarinefisheries.net/

K. This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-53-2015, dated October 28, 2015.  It closes commercial harvest for the hook-and-line sector of the Golden Tilefish fishery due to the annual catch limit being met. Please see http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2015/fb15-087_sa_comm_golden_tilefish_hl_closure.pdf for more information. 

December 2, 2015
1:00 P.M.
FF-58-2015

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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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