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FF-76-2013

PROCLAMATION

RE: SNAPPER-GROUPER COMPLEX-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, January 1, 2014, the following restrictions will apply to the fisheries for snapper-grouper:

I. Black Sea Bass, south of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude)

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 13 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than five (5) black sea bass per person per day.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit to possess more than 1,180 whole weight (1,000 pounds gutted weight) of black sea bass per trip.
3. It is unlawful to use or possess aboard a vessel black sea bass pots or traps. This pot closure period will end at 12:01 A.M., Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

II. Gag Grouper and Black Grouper
It is unlawful to possess, sell or offer for sale gag and black grouper taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for recreational and commercial purposes.
This closure shall remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. May 1, 2014.

III. Other Groupers

A. It is unlawful to possess shallow water grouper species taken for recreational and commercial purposes from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from January 1 through April 30. Shallow water grouper species include gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney graysby, yellowfin and yellowmouth grouper.

B. It is unlawful to possess red grouper less than 20 inches total length.

C. It is unlawful to possess yellowfin grouper (fireback grouper) less than 20 inches total length.

D. It is unlawful to possess scamp less than 20 inches total length.

E. It is unlawful to possess yellowmouth grouper less than 20 inches total length.

F. For commercial purposes, it is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper permit to possess or land more than one hundred (100) pounds of snowy grouper (gutted weight) per vessel per trip, regardless of the number of persons involved. For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to possess more than one snowy grouper per vessel per day.

IV. Greater Amberjack

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack less than 28 inches fork length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack less than 36 inches fork length. 2. It is unlawful to sell or purchase greater amberjack less than 36 inches fork length.
C. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.

D. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit to possess more than 1,200 pounds (gutted weight) of greater amberjack per trip.

E. It is unlawful to possess more than one greater amberjack per person per day, or one per trip (whichever is more restrictive) during the month of April.

F. It is unlawful to sell or purchase greater amberjack during any season closure for greater amberjack.
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