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FF-79-2014 (RESCINDED)

PROCLAMATION

RE: COBIA-COMMERCIAL CLOSURE- RECREATIONAL SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS-TEMPORARY RULE SUSPENSION

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015, the following restrictions (implemented by proclamation FF-79-2014) that applied to the cobia fishery are rescinded:

I. SUSPENSION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0516
N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516 is suspended in its entirety.

II. COMMERCIAL CLOSURE
It is unlawful to possess, sell or offer for sell,cobia taken in a commercial fishing operation.

III. RECREATIONAL SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS

A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.
B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day.
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. 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 N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to re-open the commercial cobia fishery that closed on December 11, 2014 due to the federal commercial Annual Catch Limit being met and to manage the cobia fishery in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516.

D. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557
252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.

E. Proclamation FF-79-2014 is being rescinded effective 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015 in order to manage the cobia fishery in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516.
December 19, 2014
3:45 P.M.
FF-79-2014 (RESCINDED)

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

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