Michael G. Buhl, Acting Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, March 22, 2003, the following restrictions will apply to the weakfish fishery for recreational purposes or by hook-and-line:
I. SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS
A) No person may possess weakfish less than 12" total length.
B) No person may possess more than seven (7) weakfish per day.
II. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221(e); 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 3H .0103 and 3M .0504.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority per 15A NCAC 3H .0103.
C. This proclamation is issued to implement options within the conservation equivalency of weakfish size and creel limits under the Amendment # 4 of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Weakfish Management Plan.
D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation FF-41-2001 dated June 13, 2001.