The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently announced new regulations on black drum which will become effective on January 1, 2014.
The new regulations include:
* 14 to 25-inch total length slot size limit (except one fish longer than 25 inches total length may be kept)
* 10-fish recreational bag limit
* 500-pound commercial trip limit
For specific requirements, see Proclamation FF-73-2013 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.
An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan requires states to implement black drum possession limits and a minimum size limit of at least 12 inches by Jan. 1, 2014 and at least 14 inches by Jan. 1, 2016.
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted at its November business meeting to implement the more restrictive size limit to avoid confusion of another change in two years.
For more information, visit www.ncdenr.gov.
source: North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries