For central pound net area, trip limit is 750 pounds

Published 6:15 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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North Carolina Fisheries Proclamation FF 49-2023 established a 750-pound trip limit for the Pound Net Central Management Area. The Pound Net Northern and Southern Management Areas and the Mobile Gear Northern and Southern Management Areas remain closed.

If the Marine Fisheries Division determines quota is available for additional harvest days for a mobile gear management area, further proclamations will be released.

This action is being taken to comply with the requirements of Amendment 3 to the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan and maintain harvest within the total allowable landings.

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Restrictions apply to the taking of flounder for commercial purposes in Internal Coastal and Joint Fishing Waters and Atlantic Ocean Waters, which are restricted to trawl harvest.

For the Pound Net Central Management Area, which includes Pamlico Sound and the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, Pungo and Bay rivers and their tributaries, as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, it became unlawful for a SCFL/RSCFL holder in a commercial fishing operation the trip limit is 750 pounds. At the same time, it is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation with more than one license holder to possess more than 1,500 pounds.