15A NCAC 03M .0201     GENERAL

(a)  Striped bass is defined as striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and its hybrids taken in coastal and joint fishing waters.

(b)  It is unlawful to possess striped bass imported from other states less than 18 inches long (total length).

(c)  It is unlawful to import, buy, sell, transport, offer to buy or sell, or possess striped bass except during any:

(1)           open striped bass season established for internal coastal waters;

(2)           open striped bass season established for the Atlantic Ocean; or

(3)           open striped bass season of another state without possession of the following:

(A)          A bill of lading as described in 15A NCAC 03I .0114; and

(B)          A numbered, state-issued tag from the State of origin affixed through the mouth and gill cover.  This tag must remain affixed until processed for consumption by the consumer.

(d)  The management areas for estuarine striped bass fisheries in coastal North Carolina are designated in 15A NCAC 03R .0201.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1994; September 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2013; October 1, 2008; October 1, 2004; April 1, 2001.