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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-66-2016 (Revised)

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III. PROHIBITED SPECIES:
It is unlawful to possess any of the following shark species:

PROHIBITED SPECIES (MUST BE RELEASED)

Atlantic angel (Squatina dumerili)
Basking (Cetorhinus maximus)
Bigeye sandtiger (Odontaspis noronhai)
Bigeyesixgill (Hexanchus nakamurai)
Bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus)
Bignose (Carcharhinus altimus)
Caribbean reef (Carcharhinus perezii)
Caribbean sharpnose (Rhizoprionodon porosus)
Dusky (Carcharhinus obscurus)

Galapagos (Carcharhinus galapagensis)
Long fin mako (Isurus paucus)
Narrowtooth (Carcharhinusbrachyurus)
Night (Carcharhinus signatu)
Sandtiger (Carcharias taurus)
Sevengill (Heptranchias perlo)
Sixgill (Hexanchus griseus)
Smalltail (Carchahrinus porosus)
Whale (Rhincodon typus)
White (Carcharodon carcharias)

 IV. 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, 03J .0103, 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. Fisheries Commission Rule15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The federal commercial seasons for sharks are based on quotas.  Quota information can be obtained by contacting the NOAA FISHERIES Highly Migratory Species Section at 301-427-8503. The website is http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/index.htm. Although the Aggregated Large Coastal and the Small Coastal groups contain several species, the Large Coastal quota is linked to hammerheads and the Small Coastal quota, south of 34° 00’ N. Latitude, is linked to the blacknose, meaning if those particular species’ quotas are met, the category will close.

D. Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) commercial seasons and harvest limits are established under the Mid-Atlantic/New England Council Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan or the ASMFC Interstate Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan. NOAA Fisheries changed the name of smooth dogfish to smoothhound sharks to eliminate confusion that may be caused by having two dogfish species and permits in the future.

E. The intent of this proclamation is to implement the ASMFC Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks.  The ASMFC Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks was adopted in 2008 to complement federal management actions to rebuild depleted stocks and protect healthy stocks from overfishing.

F. All gill net restrictions in Internal Coastal Waters pertaining to the Federal Incidental Take (ITP) permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon are still in effect. Gill nets fished in Atlantic Ocean and Internal Coastal Waters must adhere to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03J.0202 and 03J .0103, respectively.

G. From January 1 through July 31, the Mid-Atlantic shark area is closed to the use of bottom longline gear by federally permitted commercial vessels.  The closed area is described as the Atlantic Ocean seaward of the inner boundary of the U.S. EEZ at 35° 41’ N. lat. just south of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, and connecting by straight lines the following coordinates in the order stated: 35° 41’ N. lat., 75° 25’ W. long. proceeding due east to 35° 41’ N. lat., 74° 51’ W. long.; then proceeding southeast to 35° 30’ N. lat., 74° 46’ W. long.; then proceeding southwest, roughly following the 55 fathom mark, to 33° 51’ N. lat., 76° 24’ W. long.; then proceeding due west to intersect the inner boundary of the U.S. EEZ at 33° 51’ N. lat., 77° 53’ W. long. near Cape Fear, North Carolina.

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

I. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-66-2016, issued December 20, 2016 and sets the opening date and harvest restrictions for the 2017 Atlantic coastal shark fishery. This proclamation corrects management measures for commercial smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis) processing at sea under Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic coastal sharks.

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

December 20, 2016
4:50 P.M.
FF-66-2016 (REVISED)

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