section .0500 – other finfish
15A NCAC 03M .0501 RED DRUM
(a) It is unlawful to remove red drum from any type of net with the aid of any boat hook, gaff, spear, gig, or similar device.
(b) It is unlawful to take or possess red drum taken by any boat hook, gaff, spear, gig, or similar device.
(c) It is unlawful to possess red drum less than 18 inches total length or greater than 27 inches total length.
(d) It is unlawful to possess more than one red drum per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes.
(e) The annual commercial harvest limit (September 1 through August 31) for red drum is 250,000 pounds. The annual commercial harvest limit is allotted in two periods: September 1 through April 30 at 150,000 pounds, and May 1 through August 31 at 100,000 pounds plus any remainder from the first period allotment. Any annual commercial harvest limit that is exceeded one year will result in the poundage overage being deducted from the subsequent year's commercial harvest limit and the Fisheries Director shall adjust the period allotments accordingly. If the harvest limit is projected to be taken in any period, the Fisheries Director shall, by proclamation, prohibit possession of red drum taken in a commercial fishing operation for the remainder of that period.
History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52;
Eff. January 1, 1991;
Amended Eff. March 1, 1996; October 1, 1992; September 1, 1991;
Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2000; July 1, 1999; October 22, 1998;
Amended Eff. April 1, 2001;
Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2001;
Amended Eff. April 1, 2009; October 1, 2008; August 1, 2002.