RE: STRIPED BASS SEASON —GILL NETS ATLANTIC OCEAN
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, January 1, 2014 the season for the harvest of striped bass with gill nets in the Atlantic Ocean waters of North Carolina SHALL OPEN. The following restrictions shall apply:
I. SIZE LIMIT
No person may possess, transport, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass less than 28 inches total length taken from the Atlantic Ocean.
II. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
A. It is unlawful to take striped bass with a gill net from the Atlantic Ocean without having an Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Commercial Gear Permit (AOSBCGP) designated for the gill net fishery.
B. The quota for the gill net fishery will be 160,160 pounds.
C. It is unlawful to possess striped bass taken with a gill net from the Atlantic Ocean without having an AOSBCGP designated for the gill net fishery except that possession of striped bass transferred from a properly permitted AOSBCGP gill net operation to AOSBCGP holders for any gear (gill nets, beach seines or trawls) is allowed. Transfers will count against the gill net portion of the quota regardless of the type of AOSBCGP held by the person receiving the transfer.
D. It is unlawful for an AOSBCGP gill net permit holder to land or sell more than 50 striped bass per calendar day.
E. It is unlawful for an AOSBCGP gill net permit holder to possess more than 50 striped bass per calendar day unless the striped bass exceeding the limit are being transferred to another holder of an AOSBCGP. These transfers shall take place in the Atlantic Ocean.
F. For the purpose of this proclamation, a gill net is defined as a net deployed from and retrieved into a vessel and set vertically in the water to capture fish by entanglement by the gills in its mesh as a result of net design, construction, mesh size, webbing diameter or method in which it is used.
III. LANDING RESTRICTIONS
A. Striped bass harvested in this fishery may be sold only to and purchased by a currently licensed finfish dealer possessing a valid 2013/2014 Striped Bass Dealer Permit validated for the Atlantic Ocean.
B. It is unlawful for an AOSBCGP holder to fail to accompany each harvest limit of striped bass until the time of sale to a dealer who possesses a valid 2013/2014 Striped Bass Dealer Permit validated for the Atlantic Ocean.
IV. DEALER PERMITS
A. No finfish dealer may possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass taken from the Atlantic Ocean without first obtaining a 2013/2014 STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Atlantic Ocean from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Dealers must abide by all conditions of the STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT and the general permit conditions found in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0500 et seq.
B. Only a STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Atlantic Ocean may be used for transactions involving striped bass taken from the area opened by this proclamation.
C. Striped bass lawfully sold to a permitted dealer may be resold to a non-permitted wholesale or retail market provided the initial permitted dealer records their dealer identification number on each bill of lading or receipts involved in the shipment of striped bass. Any individual or corporation who holds a current finfish dealer license must obtain a STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Atlantic Ocean in order to sell any striped bass personally harvested.