Subject: FF-25 FLOUNDER; FF-26 STB SEASON & M-5 GILL NET

FF-25-2008 FLOUNDER-RECREATIONAL 15 1/2"
FF-26-2008 STRIPED BASS SEASON-INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS CRAVEN, BEAUFORT,
PAMLICO COUNTIES
M-5-2008 LARGE MESH GILL NET MAXIMUM
PROCLAMATION

FLOUNDER – RECREATIONAL PURPOSE

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby
announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Saturday, March 1, 2008, the
following restrictions will apply to the taking of flounder for recreational
purposes:

I.    MINIMUM SIZE LIMITS AND AREAS

It is unlawful to possess flounder less than 15 ½ inches total length taken
from internal and Atlantic Ocean fishing waters for recreational purposes
except as specified below:

A. PAMLICO SOUND - No person may possess flounder less than 14 inches total
length taken from internal waters for recreational purposes west of a line
beginning at a point on Point of Marsh in Carteret County at 35° 04.6166’N –
76° 27.8000’W, then running northeasterly to a point at Bluff Point in Hyde
County at 35° 19.7000’N – 76° 09.8500’W.   In Core and Clubfoot creeks, the
Highway 101 Bridge constitutes the boundary north of which flounder must be
at least 14 inches total length.

B. ALBEMARLE SOUND - No person may possess flounder less than 14 inches
total length taken from internal waters for recreational purposes west of a
line beginning at a point 35° 57.3950’N – 76° 00.8166’W on Long Shoal Point;
running easterly to a point 35° 56.7316’N – 75° 59.3000’ W near Marker “5”
in Alligator River; running northeasterly along the Intracoastal Waterway to
a point 36° 09.3033’N - 75° 53.4916’W near Marker “171” at the mouth of
North River; running northwesterly to a point 36° 09.9093’N – 75° 54.6601’W
on Camden Point.

C. BROWNS INLET-SOUTH – No person may possess flounder less than 14 inches
total length in internal and Atlantic Ocean fishing waters for recreational
purposes west and south of a line beginning at a point 34° 37.0000’N – 77°
15.000’W; running southeasterly to a point 34° 32.0000’N – 77° 10.0000’W.

II. CREEL LIMIT
It is unlawful to possess more than eight (8) flounder taken for
recreational purposes per person per day or per trip if a trip occurs on
more than one calendar day.  The possession limit shall apply to flounder
taken from internal and Atlantic Ocean fishing waters by all gears,
including gigs, if possession is for a recreational purpose.

III. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4;
113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules
15A NCAC 3H .0103; 3I .0102, 3M .0503 and 3M .0512.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by
the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine
Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3H .0103.

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C. The intent of this proclamation is to maintain North Carolina’s
compliance with the requirements of the joint Mid-Atlantic Fisheries
Management Council-Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer
Flounder Fisheries Management Plan under the authority of N.C. Fisheries
Rule 15A NCAC 3M .0512.  This proclamation continues the minimum size limit
of flounder taken for recreational purposes in internal waters west of a
line in Pamlico Sound from Point of Marsh to Bluff Point and in Albemarle
Sound west of Alligator River at 14 inches.  The size limit east of those
lines and in all other internal waters and the Atlantic Ocean north of
Browns Inlet  becomes 15 ½ inches total length.

D. This proclamation does not affect commercial fishing operations.
Commercial harvest reduction requirements were met by a reduction in their
total annual quota.

E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamations FF-9-2007, dated February 6,
2007, and FF-10-2007, dated February 8, 2007.

FF-26-2008

PROCLAMATION

RE: STRIPED BASS SEASON - COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS - INTERNAL COASTAL
WATERS OF CRAVEN, BEAUFORT, AND PAMLICO COUNTIES, PUNGO RIVER, WEST BAY, AND
PAMLICO SOUND

Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby
announces that effective at 8:00 A.M., Monday, March 3, 2008, the striped
bass season WILL OPEN in the areas described below for COMMERCIAL FISHING
OPERATIONS. The following restrictions will apply:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION    (See Map)

A. Pamlico and Pungo rivers and their joint and coastal water tributaries
west of a line beginning at a point on the north shore 35° 22.3622' N - 76°
28.2032’ W (Roos Point) running southerly to a point on the south shore 35°
18.5906’ N - 76° 28.9530’ W (Pamlico Point).

B. Jones Bay/Bay River - west of a line beginning at Sow Island Point at 35°
13.0167’ N - 76° 29.7000’ W, running southwest to a point at Bay Point at
35° 11.0833’ N-76° 31.5667’ W, then running southerly to Maw Point at 35°
09.0333’ N-76° 32.1667’ W.

C. Neuse River - west of a line beginning at Maw Point at 35°09.0333’N - 76°
32.1667’ W, running southeast to Point of Marsh at 35° 04.5500’ N - 76°
28.2333’ W.

D. West Bay- south of a line beginning at a point at 35° 03.5167’ N - 76°
26.1333’ W, running southeasterly to a point at 35° 02.1833’ N-76° 21.7500’
W.

E. Pamlico Sound- south of a line beginning at a point on Roanoke Marshes
Point 35° 48.3693’N- 75° 43.7232’ W, running southeasterly to the north
point of Eagle Nest Bay 35° 44.1710’N – 75° 31.0520' W [southern boundary of
the Albemarle Sound Management Area (ASMA)] and north of the boundaries of
I.A. – I.D. and north of a line from Camp Point at 35° 00.0833’ N - 76°
14.8000’ W, through Wainwright Island running southeasterly to a point on
Core Banks at 34° 58.8167’ N -76° 12.4667’ W.

II. SIZE and HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful to take, possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass
less than 18 inches in length.

B. In Areas I.A., I.B. and I.C., it is unlawful for an individual or fishing
operation, regardless of the number of persons or boats involved or the
number of areas fished, to take, possess, transport, buy, sell, or offer for
sale more than five (5) striped bass per day in any combined commercial
fishing operation, except that a fishing operation consisting of more than
one SCFL holder may be in possession of up to two daily harvest limits.  A
SCFL holder must accompany each single harvest until the time of sale to a
dealer that holds a valid 2007/2008 Striped Bass Dealer Permit validated for
the Central/Southern Area.

C. In Areas I.D. and I.E., it is unlawful for an individual or fishing
operation, regardless of the number of persons or boats involved or the
number of areas fished, to take, possess, transport, buy, sell, or offer for
sale more than five (5) striped bass per day in any combined commercial
fishing operation, except that a

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fishing operation consisting of more than one SCFL holder may be in
possession of up to two daily harvest limits.  A SCFL holder must accompany
each single harvest until the time of sale to a dealer that holds a valid
2007/2008 Striped Bass Dealer Permit validated for the Central/Southern
Area. Striped bass shall only be taken in conjunction with other
commercially important finfish and striped bass must be 50% or greater by
weight of the combined daily harvest.

III. PERMITS

A. It is unlawful for finfish dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale
striped bass taken from the areas opened by this proclamation without first
obtaining a valid STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the
Central/Southern Area from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Dealers
must abide by all conditions of the STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT and the
general permit provisions found in 15A NCAC 3O .0502.

B. Only a STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area
may be used for transactions involving striped bass taken from the areas
opened by this proclamation.

C. Striped bass lawfully sold to a permitted dealer may be resold to a
non-permitted wholesale or retail market provided the initial permitted
dealer records their dealer license identification number on each bill of
lading or receipts involved in the shipment of striped bass. Any individual
or corporation who holds a current finfish dealer license must obtain a
STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area in order
to sell any striped bass personally harvested.

IV. SALE TAGS

A. It is unlawful for a dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale
striped bass taken from the areas opened by this proclamation without having
a North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries - issued green colored tag
affixed through the mouth and gill cover.  In the case of striped bass
imported from other states, a similar tag that is issued for striped bass in
the state of origin must be affixed.

B. North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries striped bass tags may not be
bought, sold, offered for sale, or transferred.

V. LANDING RESTRICTIONS

Striped bass taken from areas opened by this proclamation may be sold only
to and purchased by a currently licensed finfish dealer possessing a valid
STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area.

VI. SEASON CLOSURE

The striped bass season for commercial fishing operations for the areas
described in Section I. above will close by this proclamation at midnight,
April 30, 2008 unless closed by proclamation at an earlier date when the
annual harvest allocation is met.  Dealers will have two weeks after the
close of the season to sell, offer for sale, transport, or have in
possession unfrozen striped bass taken in this fishery.

VII. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4;
113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules
15A NCAC 3H .0103, 3M .0202 and 3O .0502.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by
the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant N.C. Marine
Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to allow the harvest of striped bass
in the Central/Southern Area by commercial operations within the 25,000pound
quota established by the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery
Management Plan.

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D. All striped bass taken during season closures and all undersized striped
bass shall be immediately returned to the waters taken, regardless of the
condition of the fish.

E. Hook-and-line fishing equipment is not commercial fishing equipment in
the striped bass fishery and it is illegal to sell or purchase striped bass
taken by hook-and-line in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A
NCAC 3M .0201(b).

F. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses (RCGL) or hook-and-line
fishermen must follow the bag and harvest restrictions of the recreational
fishery for striped bass.

G. Permits may be obtained from all North Carolina Division of Marine
Fisheries License Offices.

H. STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Central/Southern Area and
sale tags are available at no cost from all N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries License Offices in Elizabeth City, Wanchese, Columbia, Washington,
and Morehead City. Allow 48 hours for delivery.


M-5-2008

PROCLAMATION

RE: LARGE MESH GILL NET MAXIMUM SIZE

Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby
announces that effective at 8:00 A.M., Monday, March 3, 2008, the following
restrictions will apply to gill nets:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION

Internal Fishing Waters south of a line in Pamlico Sound beginning at a
point on Roanoke Marshes Point 35° 48.3693’N- 75° 43.7232’ W, running
southeasterly to the north point of Eagle Nest Bay 35° 44.1710’N – 75°
31.0520' W [southern boundary of the Albemarle Sound Management Area
(ASMA)].

The following waterbodies are exempted from the area description above for
the purposes of this proclamation:

A. Pamlico and Pungo rivers and their joint and coastal water tributaries
west of a line beginning at a point on the north shore 35° 22.3622’ N - 76°
28.2032’ W (Roos Point) running southerly through Marker #1 to a point on
the south shore 35° 18.5906’N - 76° 28.9530’ W (Pamlico Point).
B. Jones Bay/Bay River - west of a line at Sow Island Point at 35° 13.0166’N-76°
29.7000' W, running southwest to a point at Bay Point at 35° 11.0833' N-76°
31.5666'W, then running southerly to Maw Point at 35° 9.0333’ N - 76°
32.1666' W.
     C. Neuse River - west of a line beginning at Maw Point at 35° 09.0333'
N-76° 32.1666’ W, running                                    southeast to
Point of Marsh at 35° 04.5500' N- 76° 28.2333’ W.

II.   MAXIMUM MESH SIZE

A. In all waters south of the southern boundary of the ASMA EXCEPT those
described in I.A., B. and C. above, it is unlawful to use gill nets with a
mesh size of more than 6 1/2 inches (stretched mesh) or possess striped bass
aboard a vessel when a gill net with a mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches
(stretched mesh) is onboard the vessel.

B. In those waters described in I.A., B. and C. ONLY above, nets greater
than 6 ½ inches stretched mesh) may be used in the striped bass fishery.

III. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4;
113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules
15A NCAC 3H .0103 and 3J .0103.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by
the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant N.C. Marine
Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 3H .0103.

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C. The intent of this proclamation is to allow the harvest of flounder and
shad while reducing the taking of red drum and sturgeon in portions of the
Central/Southern Area.  The maximum gill net size requirement of 6 ½ inches
(stretched mesh) will be reinstated in the Central/Southern area following
the Central/Southern area commercial striped bass season.

D.   This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-3-2008, dated February 4,
2008.