Be advised of the highlighted area which I was told -
"NY Needs to do this…. Or better yet, All States in the Commission....."
Just passing this along....these were NOT my comments.
(a) During the recreational fishing season specified at §648.146, no person shall possess more than 15 black sea bass in, or harvested from, per trip the EEZ unless that person is the owner or operator of a fishing vessel issued a black sea bass moratorium permit, or is issued a black sea bass dealer permit.
Persons aboard a:
that is NOT ELIGIBLE for a BLACK SEA BASS MORATORIUM PERMIT
may not retain more than 15 black sea bass during the recreational fishing season - specified at §648.146.
The owner, operator, and crew of a charter or party boat issued a black sea bass moratorium permit are subject to the possession limit when carrying passengers for hire or when carrying more than five crew members for a party boat, or more than three crew members for a charter boat. This possession limit may be adjusted pursuant to the procedures in §648.142.
(b) If whole black sea bass are processed into fillets, an authorized officer will convert the number of fillets to whole black sea bass at the place of landing by dividing fillet number by two. If black sea bass are filleted into a single (butterfly) fillet, such fillet shall be deemed to be from one whole black sea bass.
(c) Black sea bass harvested by vessels subject to the possession limit with more than one person aboard may be pooled in one or more containers. Compliance with the possession limit will be determined by dividing the number of black sea bass on board by the number of persons aboard, other than the captain and the crew.
If there is a violation of the possession limit on board a vessel
- carrying more than one person,
- the violation shall be deemed to have been committed by
- the owner and operator of the vessel.
(d) Owners or operators of otter trawl vessels issued a moratorium permit under §648.4(a)(7) and fishing with, or possessing on board, nets or pieces of net that do not meet the minimum mesh requirements specified in §648.144(a) and that are not stowed in accordance with §648.144(a)(4) may not retain more than 500 lb (226.8 kg) of black sea bass from January 1 through March 31, or more than 100 lb (45.4 kg) of black sea bass from April 1 through December 31. Black sea bass on board these vessels shall be stored so as to be readily available for inspection in a standard 100-lb (45.4-kg) tote.
[76 FR 60638, Sept. 29, 2011, as amended at 77 FR 30431, May 23, 2012; 78 FR 37480, June 21, 2013; 79 FR 38265, July 7, 2014; 80 FR 25259, June 19, 2015]
Vessels that are not eligible for a moratorium permit under §648.4(a)(7), and fishermen subject to the possession limit specified in §648.145(a), may only possess black sea bass from:
May 15 through September 21, & October 22 through December 31,
unless this time period is adjusted pursuant to the procedures in §648.142.
[80 FR 25259, June 19, 2015]
(a) Moratorium (commercially) permitted vessels.
The minimum size for black sea bass is 11 inches (27.94 cm) total length for all vessels issued a moratorium permit under §648.4(a)(7) that fish for, possess, land or retain black sea bass in or from U.S. waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from 35°15.3′ N. Lat., the latitude of Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina, northward to the U.S.-Canadian border. The minimum size may be adjusted for commercial vessels pursuant to the procedures in §648.142.
(b) Party/Charter permitted vessels and recreational fishery participants.
The minimum fish size for black sea bass is 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) TL for all vessels that do not qualify for a moratorium permit, and for party boats holding a moratorium permit, if fishing with passengers for hire or carrying more than five crew members, and for charter boats holding a moratorium permit, if fishing with more than three crew members.
(c) The minimum size in this section applies to the whole fish or any part of a fish found in possession (e.g., fillets),
PARTY or CHARTER vessels
- possessing valid state permits authorizing filleting at sea
- may possess fillets smaller than the size specified 'IF'
- skin remains on the fillet and all other state requirements are met.
[76 FR 60638, Sept. 29, 2011]