15A NCAC 03M .0202     SEASON, SIZE AND HARVEST LIMIT: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS

(a)  It is unlawful to possess striped bass from the coastal fishing waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries.

(b)  It is unlawful to possess striped bass from the Roanoke River Management Area in a commercial fishing operation.

(c)  The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation impose any or all the following restrictions on the taking of striped bass in a commercial fishing operation or for recreational purposes in internal coastal waters during the period from October 1 through April 30:

(1)           Specify fishing days and times;

(2)           Specify areas;

(3)           Specify quantity, except possession for recreational purposes shall not exceed:

(A)          more than three fish in any one day in the Albemarle Sound Management Area as designated in Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0201; and

(B)          more than two fish in any one day in the joint and coastal fishing waters of the Central Southern Management Area as designated in Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0201;

(4)           Specify means and methods; and

(5)           Specify size, but the minimum size specified shall not be less than 18 inches total length.

Fish that do not meet the minimum size limit specified by proclamation shall immediately be returned to the waters from which taken regardless of condition.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996; November 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2013; July 1, 2008; August 1, 2000.