15A NCAC 03M .0520     TUNA

(a)  It is unlawful to possess in a commercial fishing operation:

(1)           Yellowfin tuna less than 27 inches curved fork length or 27 inches from the fork of the tail to the forward edge of the cut of beheaded tuna.

(2)           Bigeye tuna less than 27 inches curved fork length or 27 inches from the fork of the tail to the forward edge of the cut of beheaded tuna.

(3)           Bluefin tuna less than 73 inches curved fork length or 54 inches pectoral fin curved fork length.

(b)  It is unlawful to possess in a commercial fishing operation tunas subject to a size or harvest restriction without having tails attached.

(c)  It is unlawful to possess for recreational purposes:

(1)           Yellowfin tuna less than 27 inches curved fork length.

(2)           Bigeye tuna less than 27 inches curved fork length.

(3)           More than three yellowfin tuna per person per day.

 

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

Eff. October 1, 2008;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2011.