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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-74-2014

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FF-74-2014

PROCLAMATION

RE: BLACK SEA BASS – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ATLANTIC OCEAN-
NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01A.M., Friday, November 28, 2014, the following restrictions shall apply to the commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.3’N. Latitude):

I. SIZE LIMIT

It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length, excluding the caudal fin filament, north of Cape Hatteras.

II. HARVEST LIMITS

From the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras during the harvest period beginning at 12:01 A.M., Friday, November 28, 2014 and ending at 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 31, 2014, it is unlawful for a commercial:

A. Fish pot or hook and line fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess or land more than 3,000 pounds of black sea bass during the harvest period.

B. Trawl fishing operation, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess or land more than 700 pounds of black sea bass during the harvest period.
The black sea bass fishery will close immediately after the Director issues a public notice that the quota of black sea bass has been landed from the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Hatteras, or at 6:00 P.M., December 31, 2014, whichever occurs first.

III. GEAR RESTRICTIONS

FISH TRAPS/POTS:
Black sea bass traps or pots must conform with the Federal rule requirements for escape vents specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(2) and for degradable fasteners specified in 50 CFR 648.144 (b)(3)(i), (ii) and (iii).
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