RE: SPOTTED SEATROUT COMMERCIAL
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M., Thursday, June 16, 2011, the following will apply to spotted seatrout in the commercial fishery:
I. SPOTTED SEATROUT RULE SUSPENSION
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0504 (a) is suspended.
II. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess spotted seatrout (speckled trout) less than 14 inches total length.
III. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation to possess or sell spotted seatrout for commercial purposes from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. This harvest restriction is effective year-round.
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. Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, 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. On November 22, 2010, the Marine Fisheries Commission authorized interim management measures to ensure the viability of spotted seatrout until final approval of the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan.
D. Licensed finfish dealers may possess and sell spotted seatrout during the weekend.
E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamations FF-7- 2011, dated January 12, 2011 and FF-30-2011, dated February 14, 2011.
June 6, 2011