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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-63-2012

Marine Fisheries

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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 per person 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 three blueline tilefish or sand tilefish per person per day.
C. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful to possess blueline tilefish or sand tilefish. This closure is in effect until 12:01 A.M. January 1, 2013.

D. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind.

E. It is unlawful to possess warsaw grouper.


F. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful to possess or sell golden tilefish taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council through December 31, 2012.

G. For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to possess golden tilefish taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council through December 31, 2012.

H. 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, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, white grunt, tomtate, margate and spadefish.

I. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful to possess jolthead, knobbed, saucereye and whitebone porgy and scup.
This closure is in effect until 12:01 A.M. January 1, 2013.

J. For commercial purposes, effective for the period from 12:01 A.M. December 12, 2012 to 12:01 A.M., December 19, 2012, harvest of gray triggerfish is allowed. There is no minimum size limit or trip limits.

K. As an exception to XII.I. above, 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.

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

M. It is unlawful to possess Nassau grouper or goliath grouper.

N. It is unlawful for persons in possession of a valid National Marine Fisheries Service Snapper-Grouper Permit for Charter Vessels to exceed the creel restrictions established in Sections (I), (IX) and (X) of this proclamation when fishing with more than three persons (including the captain and mate) on board.

O. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex harvested or possessed under the bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.39 (d) unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit.

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

Q. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean from a vessel without a valid South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.
 
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