C. COMMERCIAL RESTRICTIONS:
- It is unlawful to use gears other than rod and reel, handlines, large and small mesh gill nets, shortlines (maximum of 500 yards with 50 hooks or less), longlines meeting the criteria in C.2. below and bandit gear.
- For purposes of this proclamation, longlines shall only be used in state waters to capture sharks if they meet the following criteria. A longline shall not exceed 500 yards in length nor have more than 50 hooks. Hooks attached to a longline shall not be corrosion resistant and must be designated by the manufacturer as circle hooks. A vessel shall be limited to a maximum of two (2) longlines.
- It is unlawful to sell sharks to anyone who is not a federally permitted shark dealer.
- It is unlawful to use a large mesh (stretched mesh size greater than or equal to 5 inches) gill net more than 2,734 yards in length to capture sharks.
II. RECREATIONAL PURPOSES SEASON, SIZE AND POSSESSION LIMITS:
The season for the recreational harvest of all allowable shark species groups is year round.
A. It is unlawful to possess more than one (1) shark per vessel per day or if no vessel is used, it is unlawful to possess more than one (1) shark per person per day (with the exception of smooth dogfish, which have no maximum harvest limits) of the following allowable recreational shark species: Large Coastal Sharks (tiger, blacktip, spinner, lemon, bull, nurse, great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, and smooth hammerhead), Pelagic Sharks (shortfin mako, blue, thresher, porbeagle, and oceanic whitetip) and Small Coastal Sharks (finetooth and blacknose).
B. It is unlawful to possess silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) for recreational purposes.
C. It is unlawful to possess Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks less than 54 inches long (fork length).
D. Small Coastal Sharks have no minimum size.
E. One (1) Atlantic sharpnose (no minimum size) and one bonnethead (no minimum size) per person per day may be landed in addition to allowable bag limits for other sharks.
F. It is unlawful for recreational fishermen to possess any shark without head, tail, and fins intact with the carcass through the point of landing. Anglers may still gut and bleed the carcass as long as the tail is not removed. Filleting sharks at sea is prohibited.
G. It is unlawful to fail to return all sharks not meeting harvest requirements to the water in a manner that ensures the highest likelihood of survival.
H. It is unlawful for recreational fishermen to catch sharks by any gear other than rod and reel or handlines. Handlines are defined as a mainline with no more than two gangions or hooks attached that are retrieved by hand only.
I. Spiny dogfish are exempt from harvest and size restrictions.
III. PROHIBITED SPECIES:
It is unlawful to possess any of the following shark species in state waters: Atlantic angel (Squatina dumerili), Basking (Cetorhinus maximus), Bigeye sand tiger (Odontaspis noronhai), Bigeye sixgill (Hexanchus nakamurai), Bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus), Bignose (Carcharhinus altimus), Bluntnose sixgill (Hexanchus griseus), Reef (Carcharhinus perezii), Caribbean sharpnose (Rhizoprionodon porosus), Dusky (Carcharhinus obscurus), Galapagos (Carcharhinus galapagensis), Longfin mako (Isurus paucus), Narrowtooth (Carcharhinus brachyurus), Night (Carcharhinus signatus), Sand Tiger (Carcharias taurus), Sandbar (Carcharhinus plumbeus), Sharpnose sevengill (Heptranchias perlo), Smalltail (Carchahrinus porosus), Whale (Rhincodon typus) and White (Carcharodon carcharias).
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; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries 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. Fisheries Rule15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The federal commercial seasons for sharks are based on quotas. Quota information can be obtained by contacting the NMFS Highly Migratory Species Section at (301) 713-2347or 1-800-894-5528. The website is http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.
D. Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) commercial seasons and harvest limits are established under the Mid-Atlantic/New England Council Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan or the ASMFC Spiny Dogfish FMP.
E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-20-2011, dated January 28, 2011 and FF-63-2011, dated August 31, 2011.
December 20, 2011
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