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RE: SPOTTED SEATROUT COMMERCIAL
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:00 Noon, Friday, November 25, 2011, the following will apply to spotted seatrout for commercial purposes:
I. SPOTTED SEATROUT RULE SUSPENSION
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0504 (a) is suspended.
II. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
III. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
A. It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation to posses more than 75 spotted seatrout per day.
B. It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation to possess or sell spotted seatrout for commercial purposes taken from joint fishing waters of the state from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week.
D. The joint fishing waters of the following water bodies are exempted from III. B. and C. above:
Albemarle Sound - north and west of a line beginning at a point 35º 58.5887’N - 75º 51.7080’ W near the east shore at the entrance to East Lake; running northeasterly to a point 36º 04.8280’N - 75º 47.4050’W near Point Harbor; (see map)
Currituck Sound - north of the Highway 158 Wright Memorial Bridge beginning at a point on the western shore at 36°04.8280’N - 75° 47.4050’W; running easterly along the south side of the bridge to a point on the east shore at 36° 05.5770’N -75° 44.5850’W. (see map).
IV. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G. S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Fisheries 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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. This action is being taken following action by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) on the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. The MFC directed the Director to implement these restrictions in the interim until the provisions of the Plan take effect in February, 2014. The boundary of eastern Albemarle Sound has been revised from the previous proclamation.
D. Joint fishing waters are managed jointly by the MFC and the Wildlife Resources Commission. Maps showing boundary lines can be found on the DMF website at http://ncfisheries.net/maps/coastal_inland/index.html.
E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-74-2011(REVISED), dated November 16, 2011. An incorrect reference in III.D. was corrected. All restrictions remain unchanged.