RE: FLOUNDER – RECREATIONAL PURPOSES
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, February 21, 2011, the following restrictions will apply to the taking of flounder for recreational purposes:
I. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
INTERNAL AND ATLANTIC OCEAN WATERS - It is unlawful to possess flounder less than 15
inches total length taken for recreational purposes.
II. CREEL LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess more than six (6) flounder taken for recreational purposes per person per day or per trip if a trip occurs on more than one calendar day. The possession limit shall apply to flounder taken from internal coastal and joint fishing waters and Atlantic Ocean fishing waters by all gears, including gigs, if possession is for a recreational purpose.
III. 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 Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103; 03I .0102, 03M .0503 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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to implement measures of Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, which was approved by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission on February 11, 2011. The proclamation also maintains North Carolina’s compliance with the requirements of the joint Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council-Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder Fisheries Management Plan under the authority of N.C. Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0512. This proclamation implements a 15-inch minimum size limit for flounder taken for recreational purposes in all internal waters and in the Atlantic Ocean.
D. This proclamation does not affect commercial fishing operations.
E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-42-2010, dated March 26, 2010.
February 14, 2011