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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-70-2015

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Snapper Grouper Complex Species

Snappers

Groupers

 

Triggerfish

Grunts

Sea Basses

Blackfin snapper

Black grouper

Wreckfish

Gray triggerfish

Cottonwick

Bank sea bass

Black snapper

Coney

Yellowedge grouper

Ocean triggerfish

Margate

Black sea bass

Cubera snapper

Gag

Yellowfin grouper

 

Sailors choice

Rock sea bass

Dog snapper

Goliath grouper*

Yellowmouth grouper

Jacks

Tomtate

 

Gray snapper

Graysby

 

Almaco jack

White grunt

 

Lane snapper

Misty grouper

Porgys

Banded rudderfish

 

 

Mahogany snapper

Nassau grouper*

Jolthead porgy

Bar jack

Spadefishes

 

Mutton snapper

Red grouper

Knobbed porgy

Greater amberjack

Spadefish

 

Queen snapper

Red hind

Longspine porgy

Lesser amberjack

 

 

Red snapper*

Rock hind

Red porgy

 

Wrasses

 

Schoolmaster

Scamp

Saucereye porgy

Tilefishes

Hogfish

 

Silk snapper

Speckled hind*

Scup

Blueline tilefish

 

 

Vermilion snapper

Snowy grouper

Whitebone porgy

Golden tilefish

 

 

Yellowtail snapper

Warsaw grouper*

 

Sand tilefish

 

 

*Harvest prohibeted

XVI. 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, 03M .0506 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. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to maintain North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of amendments to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. Effective October 1, 2008, the provisions found in this proclamation were eliminated from N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0506 in order to allow the Fisheries Director the latitude to comply with changes that occur in the requirements without suspending portions of the rule.

D. After a commercial snapper–grouper quota has been met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and take and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit when the recreational season is open (50 CFR Part §622.190(c)(1)). Please see the most recent FF Snapper Grouper recreational proclamation for recreational size and bag limits.

E. Federal rules for commercial Golden Tilefish Longline Endorsements became effective May 23, 2013 and can be found in 50 CFR Part § 622.170(f).

F. Federal rules for commercial Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsements and pot restrictions, both of which were effective July 1, 2012, can be found in 50 CFR Part §622.170(e) and 50 CFR Part §622.189(e) and (f), respectively.

G. New federal permit and reporting requirements for dealers purchasing snapper grouper species became effective August 7, 2014. Please see 50 CFR Part §622.5(c) and http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2014/fb14-024_dealer_reporting_fr.pdf.

H. Species in the federal South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Complex include: (please go to www.safmc.net for the latest information).

I. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, phone 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information, or visit the division website at http://www.ncmarinefisheries.net. For a quick guide to snapper grouper regulations, please see http://safmc.net/fish-id-and-regs/regulations-species.

J. This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-58-2015, dated December 2, 2015. It opens the commercial seasons and establishes applicable commercial size limits and trip limits for snapper grouper species on January 1, 2016.

December 18, 2015
12:00 P.M.
FF-70-2015

 

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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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