subchapter 03m - finfish

 

section .0100 finfish, general

 

15A NCAC 03M .0101 MUTILATED FINFISH

It is unlawful to possess aboard a vessel or while engaged in fishing any species of finfish that is subject to a size or harvest restriction without having head and tail attached, except:

(1) mullet when used for bait;

(2) hickory shad when used for bait provided that not more than two hickory shad per vessel or fishing operation may be cut for bait at any one time; and

(3) tuna possessed in a commercial fishing operation as provided in 15A NCAC 03M .0520.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2015; April 1, 2011; July 1, 2006; August 1, 2002.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0102 UNMARKETABLE FINFISH

(a) It is unlawful to land finfish if in violation of minimum size or possession limits established by rule or proclamation.

(b) It is unlawful to land finfish taken in connection with commercial fishing operations which are unmarketable as individual finfish by reason of size, except a quantity not exceeding 5,000 pounds per vessel per day may be sold to a dealer that is licensed under G.S. 113-169.3(f)(6), (7) and (8).

(c) Menhaden, Atlantic thread herring, gizzard shad, and pinfish are exempt from this Rule.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑185; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0103 MINIMUM SIZE LIMITS

It is unlawful to possess, sell, or purchase finfish under four inches in length except:

(1) bait in the crab pot fishery in North Carolina with the following provision: such crab pot bait shall not be transported west of U.S. Interstate 95 and when transported, shall be accompanied by documentation showing the name and address of the shipper, the name and address of the consignee, and the total weight of the shipment;

(2) bait in the finfish fishery with the following provisions:

(a) It is unlawful to possess more than 200 pounds of live finfish or 100 pounds of dead finfish; and

(b) Such finfish bait may not be transported outside the State of North Carolina;

(3) live finfish in aquaria, provided the finfish are not subject to other minimum size limits under the authority of Marine Fisheries Commission Rule; and

(4) menhaden, herring, gizzard shad, and pinfish.

Bait dealers who possess a valid finfish dealer license from the Division of Marine Fisheries are exempt from Sub-Items (2)(a) and (b) of this Rule. Tolerance of not more than five percent by number of species shall be allowed.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-185; 143B-289.52;

Eff. July 1, 1993;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

SECTION .0200 ‑ STRIPED BASS

 

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.

 

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.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0203 SIZE AND CREEL LIMIT: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 143B‑289.4;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0204 SEASON, SIZE AND HARVEST LIMIT: ATLANTIC OCEAN

It is unlawful to possess striped bass taken from the Atlantic Ocean less than the size limit as determined by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in their Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for striped bass. The Fisheries Director shall issue proclamations necessary to bring North Carolina's size limit in compliance with the Interstate Fisheries Management Plan.

 

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;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; July 1, 1998.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0205 PROHIBITED TRAWLING

(a) It is unlawful to possess striped bass on a vessel with a trawl net on that vessel in internal coastal waters except during transit from ocean fishing grounds to port during any open striped bass trawl season in the Atlantic Ocean established by proclamation. Striped bass so possessed must meet the minimum size limit set by proclamation.

(b) It is unlawful to possess striped bass on a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean with a trawl net on that vessel except during any open striped bass trawl season in the Atlantic Ocean established by proclamation.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2007.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0206 HYBRID STRIPED BASS CULTURE

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-132; 113-134; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

SECTION .0300 - SPANISH AND KING MACKEREL

 

15A NCAC 03M .0301 SPANISH AND KING MACKEREL

(a) Spanish Mackerel:

(1) It is unlawful to possess Spanish mackerel less than 12 inches fork length.

(2) It is unlawful to possess more than 15 Spanish mackerel per person per day taken for recreational purposes.

(3) It is unlawful to possess more than 15 Spanish mackerel per person per day in the Atlantic Ocean beyond three miles in a commercial fishing operation except for persons holding a valid National Marine Fisheries Service Spanish Mackerel Commercial Vessel Permit.

(b) King mackerel:

(1) It is unlawful to possess king mackerel less than 24 inches fork length.

(2) It is unlawful to possess more than three king mackerel per person per day taken for recreational purposes.

(3) It is unlawful to possess more than three king mackerel per person per day in the Atlantic Ocean:

(A) by hook and line except for persons holding a valid National Marine Fisheries Service King Mackerel Commercial Vessel Permit; or

(B) between three miles and 200 miles from the State's mean low water mark in a commercial fishing operation except for persons holding a valid National Marine Fisheries Service King Mackerel Commercial Vessel Permit.

(4) It is unlawful to use gill nets in the Atlantic Ocean to take more than three king mackerel per person per day south of 34 37.3000' N (Cape Lookout).

(c) Charter vessels or head boats that hold a valid National Marine Fisheries Service Coastal Migratory Pelagic (Charter Boat and Head Boat) permit must comply with the Spanish mackerel and king mackerel possession limits established in Subparagraphs (a)(2) and (b)(2) of this Rule when fishing with more than three persons (including the captain and mate) on board.

(d) It is unlawful to possess aboard or land from a vessel, or combination of vessels that form a single operation, more than 3,500 pounds of Spanish or king mackerel, in the aggregate, in any one day.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 2000; July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; August 1, 2002; April 1, 2001.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0302 PURSE GILL NET PROHIBITED

It is unlawful to have a purse gill net on board a vessel when taking or landing Spanish or King Mackerel.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1991.

 

SECTION .0400 ‑ MENHADEN AND ATLANTIC THREAD HERRING

 

15A NCAC 03M .0401 SEASON AND AREAS

15A NCAC 03M .0402 FOODFISH PROHIBITED

15A NCAC 03M .0403 FISHING ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS PROHIBITED

15A NCAC 03M .0404 FISH SPILL REPORTING MANDATORY

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1997;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

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.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0502 MULLET

(a) The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, impose any or all of the following restrictions on the taking of mullet:

(1) Specify season,

(2) Specify areas,

(3) Specify quantity,

(4) Specify means/methods,

(5) Specify size.

(b) It is unlawful to possess more than 200 mullet per person per day for recreational purposes.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 113‑221.1; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2006.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0503 FLOUNDER

(a) It is unlawful to possess flounder less than 14 inches total length taken from the Atlantic Ocean in a commercial fishing operation.

(b) From October 1 through April 30, it shall be unlawful to use a trawl in the Atlantic Ocean within three miles of the ocean beach from the North Carolina/Virginia state line (36 33.000'N) to Cape Lookout (34 36.000'N) unless each trawl has a mesh length of 5 1/2 inches or larger diamond mesh (stretched) or 6 inches or larger square mesh (stretched) applied throughout the body, extension(s) and the cod end (tailbag) of the net except as provided in Paragraphs (g) and (h) of this Rule.

(c) License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean:

(1) It is unlawful to land more than 100 pounds per trip of flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean unless the owner of the vessel or in the case of Land or Sell Licenses, the responsible party, has been issued a License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean and the vessel in use is the vessel specified on the License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean.

(2) It is unlawful for a fish dealer to purchase or offload more than 100 pounds of flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean by a vessel whose owner, or in the case of Land or Sell Licenses, the responsible party, has not first procured a valid North Carolina License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean and the vessel in use is the vessel specified on the License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean.

(3) It is unlawful for any person to land flounder from the Atlantic Ocean under a License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean unless that person is the holder of the license or the master designated on the license.

(4) It is unlawful for any individual to land flounder from the Atlantic Ocean without having ready at hand for inspection a valid License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean, except as specified in Subparagraph (c)(1) of this Rule.

(d) All fish dealer transactions in flounder landed from the Atlantic Ocean must be conducted in accordance with the Atlantic Ocean Flounder Dealer Permits in 15A NCAC 03O .0503 and related rules in 15A NCAC 03O .0500.

(e) It is unlawful to transfer flounder taken from the Atlantic Ocean from one vessel to another.

(f) Tailbag liners of any mesh size, the multiple use of two or more cod ends, or other netting material that in any way could restrict the legal size mesh shall not be used or possessed on the deck of a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean from October 1 through April 30 from the North Carolina/Virginia state line (36 33.000' N) to Cape Lookout (34 36.0000'N).

(g) Trawls with a cod end mesh size smaller than described in Paragraph (b) of this Rule may be used or possessed on the deck of a vessel provided not more than 100 pounds of flounder per trip from May 1 through October 31 or more than 200 pounds from November 1 through April 30 is possessed aboard or landed from that vessel.

(h) Flynets are exempt from the flounder trawl mesh requirements if they meet the following definition:

(1) The net has large mesh in the wings that measure 8 inches to 64 inches;

(2) The first body section (belly) of the net has 35 or more meshes that are at least 8 inches; and

(3) The mesh decreases in size throughout the body of the net to as small as 2 inches or smaller towards the terminus of the net.

(i) Commercial Season.

(1) The North Carolina season for landing ocean-caught flounder shall open January 1 each year. If 80 percent of the quota allocated to North Carolina in accordance with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder is projected to be taken, the Fisheries Director shall, by proclamation, close North Carolina ports to landing of flounder taken from the ocean.

(2) The season for landing flounder taken in the Atlantic Ocean shall reopen November 1 if any of the quota allocated to North Carolina in accordance with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder remains. If after reopening, 100 percent of the quota allocated to North Carolina in accordance with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder is projected to be taken prior to the end of the calendar year, the Fisheries Director shall, by proclamation, close North Carolina ports to landing of flounder taken from the ocean.

(3) During any closed season prior to November 1, vessels may land up to 100 pounds of flounder per trip taken from the Atlantic Ocean.

(j) The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, establish trip limits for the taking of flounder from the Atlantic Ocean to assure that the individual state quota allocated to North Carolina in the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder is not exceeded.

(k) The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, based on variability in environmental and local stock conditions, take any or all of the following actions in the flounder fishery:

(1) Specify size;

(2) Specify season;

(3) Specify area;

(4) Specify quantity;

(5) Specify means/methods; and

(6) Require submission of statistical and biological data.

(l) Possession and sale of flounder by a hatchery or flounder aquaculture operation and purchase and possession of flounder from a hatchery or flounder aquaculture operation shall be exempt from season and size limit restrictions set under Paragraph (k) of this Rule. It is unlawful to possess, sell, purchase, or transport such flounder unless they are in compliance with all conditions of the Aquaculture Operations Permit.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113-169.5; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996; February 1, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. November 1, 1995 for a period of 180 days or until the permanent rule becomes effective, whichever is sooner;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 23, 1996;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 1, 1998; August 18, 1997;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2000; July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2001; August 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2004;

Temporary Amendment Expired June 12, 2005;

Amended Eff. September 1, 2005.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0504 TROUT

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996; March 1, 1995; February 1, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 9, 1996;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; August 1, 2000;

Repealed Eff. April 1, 2012.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0505 SHARK

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.4;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0506 SNAPPER-GROUPER COMPLEX

(a) In the Atlantic Ocean, it is unlawful for an individual fishing under a Recreational Commercial Gear License with seines, shrimp trawls, pots, trotlines or gill nets to take any species of the Snapper-Grouper complex.

(b) The species of the snapper‑grouper complex listed in the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper‑Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region are hereby incorporated by reference and copies are available via the Federal Register posted on the Internet at www.safmc.net and at the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557 at no cost.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997; March 1, 1996; September 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 23, 1996;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1998; April 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 2002; August 29, 2000; January 1, 2000; May 24, 1999;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; May 1, 2004; July 1, 2003; April 1, 2003; August 1, 2002.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0507 BILLFISH

(a) Marlin: Taken for recreational purposes or by hook and line:

(1) It is unlawful to possess blue marlin less than 99 inches in length from the lower jaw to the fork in the tail.

(2) It is unlawful to possess white marlin less than 66 inches in length from the lower jaw to the fork in the tail.

(3) It is unlawful to possess more than one blue or white marlin in the aggregate per vessel per trip.

(4) It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale blue or white marlin.

(b) Sailfish: Taken for recreational purposes or by hook and line:

(1) It is unlawful to possess sailfish less than 63 inches in length from the lower jaw to the fork in the tail.

(2) It is unlawful to possess more than one sailfish per person per day.

(3) It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale sailfish.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996; March 1, 1994; February 1, 1992; September 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 7, 1998; September 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2000.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0508 STURGEON

It is unlawful to possess sturgeon in North Carolina.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.4;

Eff. September 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 9, 2018.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0509 TARPON

(a) It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale tarpon.

(b) It is unlawful to possess more than one tarpon per person taken in any one day.

(c) It is unlawful to take tarpon by any method other than hook-and-line.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 143B‑289.4;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0510 AMERICAN EEL

It is unlawful to:

(1) Possess, sell or take American eels less than nine inches in length;

(2) Possess more than 25 American eels per person per day for recreational purposes, except the master and each mate of for-hire vessels that hold a valid for-hire license may possess 50 eels each per day; and

(3) Possess American eels from September 1 through December 31 except when taken by baited pots.

 

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

Eff. July 1, 1993;

Temporary Amendment Eff. August 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2015; April 1, 2001.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0511 BLUEFISH

It is unlawful to possess more than 15 bluefish per person per day for recreational purposes. Of these 15 bluefish, it is unlawful to possess more than five bluefish that are greater than 24 inches total length.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.52;

Eff. March 1, 1994;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 9, 1996;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; April 1, 2003; August 1, 2000.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0512 COMPLIANCE WITH FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLANS

(a) In order to comply with management requirements incorporated in Federal Fishery Management Council Management Plans or Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Management Plans or to implement state management measures, the Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, take any or all of the following actions for species listed in the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Management Plan:

(1) Specify size;

(2) Specify seasons;

(3) Specify areas;

(4) Specify quantity;

(5) Specify means and methods; and

(6) Require submission of statistical and biological data.

(b) Proclamations issued under this Rule shall be subject to approval, cancellation, or modification by the Marine Fisheries Commission at its next regularly scheduled meeting or an emergency meeting held pursuant to G.S. 113-221.1.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑182; 113‑221; 113-221.1; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. March 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 9, 2018.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0513 RIVER HERRING

It is unlawful to take or possess river herring from North Carolina Coastal Fishing Waters. Possession of river herring from sources other than North Carolina Coastal Fishing Waters shall be limited to fish less than or equal to six inches total length aboard a vessel or while engaged in fishing.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.52;

Eff. March 1, 1995;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1998;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2000; August 1, 1999; July 1, 1999; March 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. June 13, 2016; October 1, 2008; December 1, 2007; April 1, 2001;

 

15A NCAC 03M .0514 SCUP

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.4;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 23, 1996;

Eff. July 1, 1998;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0515 DOLPHIN

(a) It is unlawful to possess more than 10 dolphin per person per day taken by hook and line for recreational purposes.

(b) It is unlawful to possess more than 60 dolphin per day per vessel regardless of the number of people on board, except headboat vessels with a valid U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection may possess 10 dolphin per paying customer.

(c) It is unlawful to take or possess more than 10 dolphin per person per day, or sell dolphin without a valid Federal Commercial Dolphin/Wahoo vessel permit and either a Standard Commercial Fishing License, a Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License, or a Land or Sell License.

 

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

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 1999;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2000;

Eff. April 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. September 1, 2005.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0516 COBIA

(a) It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

(b) It is unlawful to possess more than two cobia per person per day.

 

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

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 1999;

Eff. August 1, 2000.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0517 WAHOO

(a) It is unlawful to possess more than two wahoo per person per day taken by hook and line for recreational purposes.

(b) It is unlawful to take or possess more than two wahoo per person per day, or sell wahoo without a Federal Commercial Dolphin/Wahoo permit and either a Standard Commercial Fishing License, Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License, or a Land or Sell License.

(c) It is unlawful to possess aboard or land more than 500 pounds of wahoo per trip in a commercial fishing operation.

 

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

Eff. September 1, 2005.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0518 KINGFISH (SEA MULLET)

The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, impose any or all of the following restrictions on the taking of kingfishes:

(1) Specify season,

(2) Specify areas,

(3) Specify quantity,

(4) Specify means and methods,

(5) Specify size.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.4;

Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0519 SHAD

(a) It is unlawful to take American shad and hickory shad by any method except hook-and-line from April 15 through December 31.

(b) It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes.

(c) It is unlawful to take or possess American shad from the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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

Eff. October 1, 2008;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2012.

 

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.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0521 SHEEPSHEAD

The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, impose any or all of the following restrictions on the taking of sheepshead:

(1) specify time;

(2) specify area;

(3) specify means and methods;

(4) specify season;

(5) specify size; and

(6) specify quantity.

 

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

Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

15A NCAC 03M .0522 SPOTTED SEATROUT

The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, impose any of the following requirements on the taking of spotted seatrout:

(1) specify time;

(2) specify area;

(3) specify means and methods;

(4) specify season;

(5) specify size; and

(6) specify quantity.

 

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

Eff. May 1, 2017.