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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-70-2015

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VIII. Hogfish (hog snapper):

A. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 12 inches fork length.

B. For a single day trip, it is unlawful to possess more than 150 pounds (gutted weight) of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard.

C. For trips of more than one day, it is unlawful to possess more than 100 (gutted weight) pounds of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard, for each additional day up to seven days. It is unlawful to possess more than 750 pounds (gutted weight) of hogfish in seven days. It is unlawful for vessels targeting hogfish to fail to call Marine Patrol Communications at 800-682-2632 and report date of departure prior to leaving the dock.

IX. Other Snappers

A. It is unlawful to possess silk snapper, blackfin snapper, yellowtail snapper, dog snapper,cubera snapper, queen snapper, gray snapper and mahogany snapper less than 12 inches total length.

B. It is unlawful to possess mutton snapper less than 16 inches total length.

C. It is unlawful to possess lane snapper less than 8 inches total length.

X. Red Porgy

A. It is unlawful to possess red porgy less than 14 inches total length.

B. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale red porgy taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from January 1 through April 30 of each year.

C. It is unlawful to possess more than 120 individual red porgy per vessel per trip from May 1 through December 31.

XI. Other Porgies
The Porgies Complex includes scup (south of Cape Hatteras only, 35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude), whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, and saucereye porgy. The commercial season will open January 1, 2016 with no commercial size limits or trip limits.

XII. Golden tilefish
The golden tilefish commercial season will open January 1, 2016 with the following restrictions:

A. For a vessel with a valid federal Golden Tilefish Longline Endorsement:
1. It is unlawful to possess more than 4,000 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish per trip.
2. It is unlawful to take golden tilefish by hook-and-line gear.
B. It is unlawful to possess more than 500 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish taken by hook-and-line per trip.

XIII. Blueline Tilefish
The blueline tilefish commercial season will open January 1, 2016. It is unlawful to possess more than 100 pounds (gutted weight) of blueline tilefish per trip.

XIV. Gray Triggerfish
The gray triggerfish commercial season will open January 1, 2016 with the following restrictions:

A. It is unlawful to possess gray triggerfish less than 12 inches fork length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than 1,000 pounds of gray triggerfish (whole weight) per trip.

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.
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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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