III. PROHIBITED SPECIES:
It is unlawful to possess any of the following shark species in state waters:
|PROHIBITED SPECIES (MUST BE RELEASED) |
|Atlantic angel (Squatina dumerili) |
Basking (Cetorhinus maximus)
Bigeye sandtiger (Odontaspis noronhai)
Bigeye sixgill (Hexanchus nakamurai)
Bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus)
Bignose (Carcharhinus altimus)
Sixgill (Hexanchus griseus)
Carribean reef (Carcharhinus perezii)
Caribbean sharpnose (Rhizoprionodon porosus)
|Dusky (Carcharhinus obscurus) |
Galapagos (Carcharhinus galapagensis)
Longfin mako (Isurus paucus)
Narrowtooth (Carcharhinus brachyurus)
Night (Carcharhinus signatu)
Sandtiger (Carcharias taurus)
Sevengill (Heptranchias perlo)
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, 03J .0202 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 commercialseasons for sharks are based on quotas. Quota information can be obtained by contacting the NMFS Highly Migratory Species Section at 301-713-2347 or 800-894-5528. The website is http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/. 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 is linked to the blacknose, meaning if those particular species quotas are met, the category will close.
D. Spiny dogfish (Squalusacanthias) commercial seasons and harvest limits are established under the Mid-Atlantic/New England Council Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan or the ASMFC Spiny Dogfish FMP. NMFS is changing 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. All gill net restrictions in coastal fishing waters pertaining to the sea turtle settlement agreement measures are still in effect. Atlantic Ocean and internal waters gill nets must adhere to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03J.0202 and 03J .0103, respectively.
F. 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.
G. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-40-2013, dated July 24, 2013.
December 17, 2013