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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.
V. Other Jacks

A. For recreational purposes:
Almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack are part of the 20 fish in the aggregate per person per day recreational bag and possession limit in XII. F.

B. For commercial purposes:
The season for almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack opens at 12:01 A.M. January 1, 2014. There are no commercial size or possession limits during the open season.

VI. Red Snapper

A. For recreational purposes:
It is unlawful to possess red snapper taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for recreational purposes.

B. For commercial purposes:
It is unlawful to possess, sell or offer for sale red snapper taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

VII. Vermilion Snapper

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess vermilion snapper (beeliner) less than 12 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than five vermilion snapper per person per day.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess vermilion snapper (beeliner) less than 12 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Snapper-Grouper permit to possess more than 1,000 pounds (gutted weight) of vermilion snapper per trip.

VIII. Other Snapper

A. It is unlawful to possess silk snapper, blackfin snapper, yellowtail snapper, dog snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, gray snapper and mahogany snapper less than 12 inches total length.

B. It is unlawful to possess mutton snapper less than 16 inches total length.

C. It is unlawful to possess Lane snapper less than 8 inches total length.

IX. Hogfish

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess more than five hogfish (hog snapper) per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.
2. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 12 inches fork length.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 12 inches fork length.
2. For a single day trip, it is unlawful to possess more than 150 pounds of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard.
3. For trips of more than one day, it is unlawful to possess more than 100 pounds of hogfish per vessel, regardless of the number of persons onboard, for each additional day up to seven days. It is unlawful to possess more than 750 pounds of hogfish in seven days. Vessels targeting hogfish shall call in to Marine Patrol Communications at 800-682-2632 and report date of departure prior to leaving the dock.

X. Red Porgy

A. For recreational purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess red porgy less than 14 inches total length.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than three red porgies per person per day (or three per trip, whichever is more restrictive) without a valid Federal Commercial Snapper-Grouper permit.
B. For commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful to possess red porgy less than 14 inches total length.
2. Effective at 12:01 A.M. Monday, December 2, 2013, it is unlawful to possess red porgy taken from the waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The season will reopen at 12:01 A.M. May 1, 2014.
XI. Wreckfish
For recreational purposes:
It is unlawful to possess more than one wreckfish per vessel per day.
It is unlawful to possess wreckfish except from July 1 through August 31 of each year.

XII. Combined Bag Limits

A. It is unlawful to possess more than five vermilion snapper and 10 other snappers per person per day without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than three grouper per person without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit of which:
1. no more than one may be a gag or black grouper (individually or in combination) per person per day;
2. no more than three blueline tilefish or sand tilefish per person per day.
3. No more than one golden tilefish per person per day.
C. For golden tilefish for commercial purposes:
1. It is unlawful for a vessel with a valid Federal Snapper-Grouper permit to use longline gear to harvest or possess golden tilefish without having a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement onboard.
2. For vessels with a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement, it is unlawful to possess more than 4,000 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish per trip.
3. For vessels with a valid Federal Snapper-Grouper permit, but without a valid South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline endorsement, it is unlawful to harvest or possess more than 500 pounds (gutted weight) of golden tilefish per trip.
4. Federal rules for commercial golden tilefish longline endorsements became effective May 23, 2013 and can be found in 50 CFR Part § 622.170(f).
D. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind.

E. It is unlawful to possess warsaw grouper.

F. For recreational purposes, it is unlawful to possess more than 20 fish in the aggregate per person per day of the following species without a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper permit: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, longspine porgy, scup, gray triggerfish, yellow jack, bar jack, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack white grunt, margate and spadefish.

G. For commercial and recreational purposes, it is lawful to possess jolthead, knobbed, saucereye and whitebone porgy and scup. No size or trip limits are in effect at this time.

H. For recreational purposes, it is lawful to possess gray triggerfish taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. No size or trip limits are in effect at this time.
For commercial purposes, the season will reopen at 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2013 and will close at 12:01 a.m. on November 14, 2013. The season will reopen at 12:01A.M., January 1, 2014. No size or trip limits are in place for the open season.

I. As an exception to XII. F. above, spadefish may be retained and sold in any number without a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit when taken for commercial purposes in coastal waters.

J. It is unlawful to possess any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex except snowy, yellowedge, and misty groupers; blueline and sand tilefishes; while having longline gear aboard a vessel during open harvest seasons.

K. It is unlawful to possess Nassau grouper or goliath grouper.

L. It is unlawful for persons in possession of a valid National Marine Fisheries Service Snapper-Grouper Permit for Charter Vessels to exceed the creel restrictions established in Sections (I), (IX) and (X) of this proclamation when fishing with more than three persons (including the captain and mate) on board.

M. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex harvested or possessed under the bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.39 (d) unless the vessel owner has been issued a Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Permit.

N. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean without a valid South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Dealer Permit.

O. It is unlawful to purchase any species of the snapper grouper complex harvested in the Atlantic Ocean from a vessel without a valid South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.
XIII. Fish Traps/Pots

A. It is unlawful to use or have on board a vessel fish traps for taking snappers and groupers except sea bass pots as allowed in Section XIII. B. below.

B. Sea bass may be taken with pots that conform with the federal rule requirements for mesh sizes and pot size as specified in 50 CFR Part §646.2, openings and degradable fasteners specified in 50 CFR §Part 646.22(c)(2)(i), and escape vents and degradable materials as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.40 (b)(3)(i) and rules published in 50 CFR pertaining to sea bass north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.0321' N. Latitude). Federal rules for commercial black sea bass pot endorsements and pot restrictions, both of which were effective July 1, 2012, can be found in 50 CFR Part §622.40(a)(2)(xv) and 50 CFR Part §622.40(d)(1)(i), respectively.
South of Cape Hatteras, sea bass may be taken with pots that conform with the federal rule requirements for mesh sizes and pot size as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.40. Copies of these rules are available via the Federal Register notice for South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Amendment 18A, posted on the Internet at
http://gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-01/pdf/2012-13342.pdf and at the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 at no cost.

XIV. Dehooking Tools
It is unlawful to fail to use dehooking tools in both the recreational and commercial snapper-grouper fisheries when the fish is to be released.

XV. 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, 03I .0102, 03M .0506 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 maintain North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of amendments to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. Effective October 1, 2008, the provisions found in this proclamation were eliminated from N.C. Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0506 in order to allow the Fisheries Director the latitude to comply with changes that occur in the requirements without suspending portions of the rule.

D. Provisions for multiple day trip possessions for vessels without a valid Federal South Atlantic Snapper- Grouper Permit are found in 50 CFR Part §622.39. This rule states in part that a person aboard a charter vessel or headboat on a trip that spans more than 24 hours may possess no more than two daily bag limits of species other than red porgy. A person aboard a headboat on a trip that spans more than 48 hours and who can document that fishing was conducted on at least three days may possess no more than three bag limits of species other than red porgy. Privately-operated vessels are allowed only one bag limit.

E. After a commercial snapper–grouper quota has been met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit when the recreational season is open.

F. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-64-2013 dated November 27, 2013. It opens the seasons and sets the commercial and recreational limits for snowy grouper and golden tilefish, and the commercial limit for vermilion snapper. It also reopens commercial harvest for almaco jack, banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack on January 1, 2014.

December 31, 2013
12:30 P.M.
FF-76-2013

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