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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-68-2013

Marine Fisheries

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II. RECREATIONAL PURPOSES SEASON, SIZE AND POSSESSION LIMITS:

RECREATIONALLY PERMITTED SPECIES
Large Coastal Sharks (LCS)
(non-ridgeback LCS* & tiger)
Small Coastal Sharks (SCS) Pelagic Sharks Other
Blacktip
Bull
Hammerhead, great**
Hammerhead, scalloped**
Hammerhead, smooth**
Lemon
Nurse
Spinner
Tiger
Atlantic Sharpnose
Blacknose
Bonnethead
Finetooth
Blue
Oceanic whitetip**
Porbeagle
Shortfin mako
Thresher
Smooth dogfish (Smoothhound shark)
Spiny dogfish

 *Sharks that do not have an interdorsal ridge.
**Unlawful to possess these sharks while in possession of tunas, billfish or swordfish.

SIZE/BAG LIMITS and SEASONS
Species Minimum Size (Fork Length) in Inches (“) Trip Bag Limit/Calendar Day Season
Atlantic sharpnose None  
1 per person

 
Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

 Bonnethead None
 Smooth dogfish (Smoothhound shark) None
 Hammerheads (Great, Smooth and Scalloped)  78”  
 
 
 1 per vessel* OR 1 per person  for shore-angler**   
 Large Coastal Sharks (LCS), Tiger and Pelagic Sharks  54”
Small Coastal Sharks (SCS) None
Smooth dogfish (Smoothhound shark) None

*A vessel with three (3) fishermen can be in possession of three (3) Atlantic sharpnose, and (3) Bonnethead, and (3) Smooth dogfish (Smoothhound shark) and (1) additional shark from the recreationally permitted species list.

**Each shore-angler can be in possession of one (1) Atlantic sharpnose, and (1) Bonnethead, and (1) Smooth dogfish (Smoothhound shark) and (1) additional shark from the recreationally permitted species list.

A. It is unlawful to possess silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) and sandbar (Carcharhinus plumbeus) for recreational purposes.

B. It is unlawful to possess great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead and scalloped hammerhead sharks less than 78 inches (fork length). It is unlawful to possess the rest of the Large Coastal Shark and Pelagic Shark species less than 54 inches long (fork length).

C. Small Coastal Sharks have no minimum size.

D. Smooth dogfish (Smoothhound shark) have no minimum size.

E. Spiny dogfishare exempt from harvest and size restrictions.


F. Recreational Shore-Angler Possession Limits: It is unlawful for each angler to possess more than one (1) shark from the recreationally permitted species listper person per calendar day, regardless of the number of people on board the vessel. One (1) Atlantic sharpnose, and one (1) bonnethead, and one (1) smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark) may be possessed per person per calendar day, in addition to the one (1) shark from the recreationally permitted species list.

G. Recreational Vessel-Fishing Possession Limits: It is unlawful for anglers fishing from a vesselto possess more than one (1) shark from the recreationally permitted species list, per calendar day, regardless of the number of people on board the vessel. For each angler fishing from a vessel, it is unlawful to possess more than one (1) Atlantic sharpnose, and one (1) bonnethead, and one (1) smooth dogfish (smoothhound shark) per person per calendar day.

H. It is unlawful for recreational fishermen to possess any shark without head, tail, and fins intact with the carcass through the point of landing. Anglers may still gut and bleed the carcass as long as the tail is not removed. Filleting sharks at sea is prohibited.

I. It is unlawful to fail to return all sharks not meeting harvest requirements (including prohibited species) to the water in a manner that ensures the highest likelihood of survival.

J. It is unlawful for recreational fishermen to catch sharks by any gear other than rod and reel or handlines. Handlines are defined as a mainline with no more than two gangions or hooks attached that are retrieved by hand only.

K. It is unlawful to possess a great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead or oceanic whitetip shark while in possession of tunas, billfish or swordfish.
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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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