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This proclamation opens the harvest of striped bass taken for recreational purposes in the Central Southern Management Area. The recreational harvest season will close at 11:59 P.M. on Monday, April 30, 2018.
 
Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, October 1, 2017, the harvest of striped bass taken for RECREATIONAL PURPOSES IN THE CENTRAL SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT AREA WILL OPEN and the following provisions shall apply:
 
      I.        AREA DESCRIPTION
Central Southern Management Area as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0201 (c) (See Section IV. H. for restrictions in the Cape Fear River and its tributaries).
 
SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS
A.    It is unlawful to possess striped bass less than 18 inches in total length.
B.    It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) striped bass taken in any one day by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes from the Central Southern Management Area.
 
   III.        SEASON, MEANS, AND METHODS
A.    Striped bass may be taken by hook and line or with recreational commercial gear for recreational purposes in the Central Southern Management Area seven days a week during the open season.
B.    The recreational season for striped bass in the Central Southern Management Area will close at 11:59 P.M. on Monday, April 30, 2018.
C.   It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or purchase striped bass taken by hook-and-line or with recreational commercial gear for recreational purposes.
 
  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 .0202.
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.   In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.
D.   Recreational Commercial Gear License gill net restrictions are found in M-proclamations issued for this area.
E.    The intent of this proclamation is to allow the recreational harvest of striped bass in the Central Southern Management Area as adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and the N.C Wildlife Resources Commission in Amendment 1 to the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan.
F.    N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0201 defines striped bass as striped bass and its hybrids.
G.   N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03Q .0107 states that it is unlawful to possess striped bass between the lengths of 22 and 27 inches (total length) in joint waters of the Central Southern Management Area.
H.   N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03M .0202 and 15A NCAC 03Q .0107 state that it is unlawful to possess striped bass from the coastal and joint waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries, including Snow’s Cut (Cape Fear River Map).
I.      Commercial fishing equipment authorized by the Recreational Commercial Gear License is not considered commercial fishing equipment in the striped bass fishery and it is illegal to sell or purchase striped bass taken by this method in accordance with N.C.G.S. 113-173.
J.     N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0202 states that all striped bass that do not meet the minimum size limit specified by proclamation shall immediately be returned to the waters from which taken regardless of condition.
K.    Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 or 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://ncmarinefisheries.net.
L.    This proclamation opens the harvest of striped bass taken for recreational purposes in the Central Southern Management Area. The recreational harvest season will close at 11:59 P.M. on Monday, April 30, 2018.
 

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