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This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-29-2017 dated August 21, 2017.  It closes the recreational fishery for greater amberjack due to the recreational annual catch limit being met.  The fishery will re-open on March 1, 2018.  Please see the following NOAA Fishery Bulletin for more information:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1109061162788&ca=e78db939-f044-47ac-abb1-033e517ed299

 

SEE PROCLAMATION FOR FULL DETAILS – LINIKS PROVIDED BELOW

Proclamation: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-ff-41-2017

PDF: http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=c0a7797d-23b8-4594-a690-285334ec6bd8&groupId=38337

 

FF-41-2017

 

PROCLAMATION

 

RE:  SNAPPER-GROUPER COMPLEX- RECREATIONAL PURPOSES – GREATER AMBERJACK

 

This proclamation supersedes proclamation FF-29-2017 dated August 21, 2017.  It closes the recreational fishery for greater amberjack due to the recreational annual catch limit being met.  The fishery will re-open on March 1, 2018.  Please see the following NOAA Fishery Bulletin for more information:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1109061162788&ca=e78db939-f044-47ac-abb1-033e517ed299

 

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M. Tuesday, October 31, 2017 the following restrictions will apply to the recreational fisheries for snapper-grouper: 

 

        I.  Permit Requirements

  1. It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex taken or possessed under the recreational bag limits specified in 50 CFR Part §622.187(b) unless the vessel owner has been issued a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit.
  2. For a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper Grouper and a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit it is unlawful to exceed the recreational bag limits for snapper grouper species when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board, or when carrying paying customers.
  3. For a vessel with both a valid Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for Snapper Grouper and a valid Federal Commercial South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Permit it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any species of the Snapper Grouper Complex harvested when fishing with more than four persons (including captain and mate) on board or when carrying paying customers.

 

      II.  Black Sea Bass, south of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude)

A.    It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 13 inches total length.

B.    It is unlawful to possess more than seven (7) black sea bass per person per day. 

 

     III.  Groupers

  1. It is unlawful to possess speckled hind, warsaw grouper, Nassau grouper, and goliath grouper.
  2. It is unlawful to possess black grouper or gag grouper less than 24 inches total length.
  3. It is unlawful to possess red grouper, yellowfin (fireback) grouper, yellowmouth grouper or scamp less than 20 inches total length.
  4. It is unlawful to possess shallow water grouper species taken 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 grouper, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper and yellowmouth grouper.
  5. It is unlawful to possess snowy grouper except from May 1 through August 31 each year, subject to the bag limits in XVI.B.

 

     IV.  Greater Amberjack

               It is unlawful to possess greater amberjack taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.  The fishery will re-open March 1, 2018.    

 

      V.  Other Jacks

The Jacks Complex includes almaco jack, banded rudderfish, and lesser amberjack. These species are included in the twenty (20) fish in the aggregate per person per day recreational bag and possession limit in XVI. C.

 

     VI.  Red Snapper

It is unlawful to possess red snapper taken from waters under the jurisdiction of North Carolina or the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

 

  

VII.  Vermilion Snapper

A.    It is unlawful to possess vermilion snapper (beeliner) less than 12 inches total length.

B.    It is unlawful to possess more than five (5) vermilion snapper per person per day. 

 

  VIII.  Hogfish (hog snapper)

  1. It is unlawful to possess hogfish less than 17 inches fork length.
  2. It is unlawful to possess more than two hogfish per person per day.

 

     IX.  Other Snappers

  1. It is unlawful to possess silk snapper, blackfin snapper, yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper and gray snapper less than 12 inches total length.
  2. It is unlawful to possess mutton snapper less than 16 inches total length.
  3. It is unlawful to possess lane snapper less than 8 inches total length.

 

      X.  Red Porgy

A.    It is unlawful to possess red porgy less than 14 inches total length.

B.    It is unlawful to possess more than three (3) red porgies per person per day, or three (3) per person per trip, whichever is more restrictive.

 

     XI.  Other Porgies

The Porgies Complex includes jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, saucereye porgy, and scup. These species are included in the twenty (20) fish in the aggregate per person per day recreational bag and possession limit in XVI.C

 

   XII.  Golden Tilefish

The golden tilefish recreational season opened January 1, 2017 and is subject to the bag limits in XVI.B. 

 

  XIII.  Blueline Tilefish

It is unlawful to possess blueline tilefish except from May 1 through August 31 each year, subject to the bag limits in XVI.B.

 

  XIV.  Gray Triggerfish

A.    It is unlawful to possess gray triggerfish less than 12 inches fork length.

B.    The gray triggerfish recreational season opened January 1, 2017 and is subject to the bag limits in XVI.C.

 

   XV.  Wreckfish

  1. It is unlawful to possess more than one wreckfish per vessel per day.
  2. It is unlawful to possess wreckfish except from July 1 through August 31 of each year.

 

  XVI.  Combined Bag Limits

  1. It is unlawful to possess more than five (5) vermilion snapper and ten (10) of the following species of snappers in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: silk snapper, blackfin snapper, yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, gray snapper, mutton snapper and lane snapper.
  2. It is unlawful to possess more than three (3) of the following species of groupers or tilefish in the aggregate per person per daywhen the recreational season for each species is open:  gag grouper, black grouper, snowy grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, scamp, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper; blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, and sand tilefishwith the following restrictions:

1.    No more than one may be a gag or black grouper (individually or in combination) per person per day;

2.    No more than one golden tilefish per person per day. 

3.    No more than one snowy grouper per vessel per day.

  1. It is unlawful to possess more than twenty (20) of the following species of fish in the aggregate per person per day when the recreational season for each species is open: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, saucereye porgy, scup (south of Cape Hatteras, 35° 15.0321’ N. Latitude), gray triggerfish, bar jack, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack, white grunt, margate, sailor’s choice and spadefish.

 

XVII.  Harvest Restrictions

  1. It is unlawful to fail to use dehooking tools in the snapper grouper fisheries when the fish is to be released.
  2. It is unlawful to fail to use non-stainless steel circle hooks when fishing for snapper grouper species using natural baits.
  3. It is unlawful to possess any species of the snapper grouper complex without heads and fins intact as specified in 50 CFR Part §622.186.

 

Snapper Grouper Complex Species

 

Snappers

Groupers

 

Triggerfish

Grunts

Sea Basses

Blackfin snapper

Black grouper

Wreckfish

Gray triggerfish

Cottonwick**

Bank sea bass**

Cubera snapper

Coney

Yellowedge grouper

Ocean triggerfish**

Margate

Black sea bass

Gray snapper

Gag

Yellowfin grouper

 

Sailors choice

Rock sea bass**

Lane snapper

Goliath grouper*

Yellowmouth grouper

Jacks

Tomtate

 

Mutton snapper

Graysby

 

Almaco jack

White grunt

 

Queen snapper

Misty grouper

Porgys

Banded rudderfish

 

 

Red snapper*

Nassau grouper*

Jolthead porgy

Bar jack

Spadefishes

 

Silk snapper

Red grouper

Knobbed porgy

Greater amberjack

Spadefish

 

Vermilion snapper

Red hind

Longspine porgy**

Lesser amberjack

 

 

Yellowtail snapper

Rock hind

Red porgy

 

Wrasses

 

 

Scamp

Saucereye porgy

Tilefishes

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