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II. EXEMPTIONS:

A. These restrictions do not apply to a single test trawl net (try net) with a headrope length of 16 feet or less, if it is operated under the following conditions: it is either pulled immediately in front of another net or is not connected to another net in any way; no more than one net is used at a time; and it is not towed as a primary net.

B. Channel nets, float nets, fixed nets, and butterfly nets are not required to use BRDs.

III. SPECIAL PROVISIONS:
Persons wishing to test BRD designs not covered by this proclamation may submit BRD designs to the NCDMF, Morehead City office, for consideration for field-testing.

IV. DEFINITIONS: For the purposes of Proclamation SH-3-2012, the following terms are hereby defined:

Tailbag - That portion of the trawl net at which the trawl body taper ends and the straight extension begins, extending to the terminal end of the trawl.

Functional Tailbag Length - That length of the tailbag of a trawl beginning at the tailbag tie-off and extending forward for a maximum of 105 meshes or to the point where the straight extension ends and the trawl body taper begins, whichever is less.Trawls utilizing short tailbags may include those meshes of the TED extension that are behind the TED grid and are in-line with the center of the FFE escape opening.

Centerline - The line running from the center point of the headrope to the top center of the end of the tailbag.

V. GENERAL INFORMATION:

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule15A NCAC 3J .0104(d).

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

C. This proclamation supersedes and updates Proclamation SH-3-2001, dated May 22, 2001.There are no significant changes.

May 24, 2012
9:30 A.M.
SH-3-2012

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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