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FF-71-2014

PROCLAMATION

RE: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RULE, HARVEST RESTRICTIONS – AMERICAN EEL

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M. Friday, November 28, 2014, the following changes to the restrictions on American eel harvest:

I. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION

North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0510 is suspended in its entirety.

II. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful to possess, sell or take American eels less than nine (9) inches in total length.
B. It is unlawful to possess more than 25 American eels per person per day for recreational purposes.
C. It is unlawful to possess American eels from September 1 through December 31 unless taken by baited pots.

III. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G. S. 113-134; 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, 03I .0102 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 suspend the size and possession limits for American eels and replace them with new ones effective January 1, 2014 in compliance with Addendum III of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission American Eel Fishery Management Plan provisions. This suspension will be in place until a complementary rule is developed by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission.

D. In accordance with Addendum I to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel, participation in the eel logbook program is a mandatory requirement for Standard Commercial Fisherman License (SCFL) holders who use eel pots to harvest American eel. General Statute 113-170.3 (a) requires SCFL holders to participate in DMF record-keeping requirements: “licensees may be required to keep additional information of a statistical nature or relating to location of catch as may be needed to determine conservation policy.” For more information about the eel logbook program contact Garry Wright at 252-946-6481 or 800-338-7804.

E. 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://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.

F. This proclamation supersedes FF-52-2014 dated August 26, 2014. This proclamation confirms the Marine Fisheries Commission’s approval of the suspension of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0510 identified in Section I.

November 25, 2014
9:30 A.M.
FF-71-2014 

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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