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RE: SPOTTED SEATROUT RECREATIONAL
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 recreational fishery:
I. SPOTTED SEATROUT RULE SUSPENSION
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0504 (a) and (b) are suspended.
II. MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess spotted seatrout (speckled trout) less than 14 inches total length.
III. RECREATIONAL BAG LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess more than six (6) spotted seatrout per person per day by hook and line or for recreational purposes. Of those six, no more than two (2) shall be greater than 24 inches total length.
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 4, 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. This proclamation supersedes Proclamations FF-7- 2011, dated January 12, 2011 and FF-30-2011, dated February 14, 2011.
June 6, 2011