RE: BLACK SEA BASS – RECREATIONAL – ATLANTIC OCEAN
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 9:00 A.M., Saturday, March 5, 2011, the following restrictions will apply to the recreational black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15’N Latitude):
A. The recreational fishing season for black sea bass is CLOSED in all coastal fishing waters north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15’N Latitude).
B. The seasons for black sea bass for recreational purposes north of Cape Hatteras are 9:00 A.M., Friday, July 1, 2011 to October 1 and November 1 to December 30, 2011.
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 and 03M.0512.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to allow North Carolina to comply with the requirements of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fisheries Management Plan.
D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-52-2010, dated May 11, 2010, which opened the black sea bass season. When the season opens July 1, 2011 by proclamation, the minimum size limit will be 13 inches total length and there will be a possession limit of 25 black sea bass per person.
March 3, 2011