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FF-76-2014

PROCLAMATION

RE: COMMERCIAL SHARK CLOSURE: LARGE COASTAL SHARKS

Dr. Louis B. Daniel, III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 11:30 P.M., Sunday, November 30, 2014, the following restrictions will apply to the commercial harvest of sharks:

I. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

It is unlawful to possess large coastal sharks (LCS), consisting of blacktip, silky, spinner, bull, tiger, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead and smooth hammerhead sharks.

II. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-134; 113-181; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 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 Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The large coastal sharks group includes blacktip, silky, spinner, bull, tiger, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead and smooth hammerhead sharks. The pelagic shark species group will remain open. The commercial smooth dogfish fishery also remains open as does the commercial spiny dogfish fishery, which operates under a separate management plan. The small coastal shark fishery will remain closed (FF-46-2014).

D. Persons aboard a commercially permitted vessel that is also properly permitted to operate as a charter vessel or headboat for Highly Migratory Species and is engaged in a for-hire trip can fish under the recreational retention limits for sharks and “no sale” provisions found at 50 CFR 635.22(a) and (c).

E. The intent of this proclamation is to close the commercial large coastal shark fishery in state waters due to the commercial quota established by the National Marine Fisheries Service having been reached.

F. This proclamation supersedes the portions of FF-10-2014 (REVISED), dated June 5, 2014 that pertain to the large coastal shark species listed in section I above.

November 26, 2014
11:15 A.M.
FF-76-2014

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

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