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Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Some Waters Close, Some Open to Anchored Large-Mesh Gill Nets

MOREHEAD CITY — Eastern Pamlico Sound and northern Core Sound will close to anchored large-mesh gill nets Sunday afternoon.

A few hours later, a portion of the Albemarle Sound and most of the Currituck Sound will reopen to this gear.

The closure takes effect at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. It impacts waters in Core Sound north of a line from the Club House on Core Banks to Marker 1 at Davis, and shallow water areas of Pamlico Sound behind Portsmouth, Ocracoke and Hatteras islands. The affected areas are part of Management Unit B under the state’s Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff has observed numerous interactions with sea turtles in these areas during the past two weeks. The closure is meant to avoid mandatory measures that would prohibit large-mesh gill nets in the entire management area until Sept. 1, 2015.

Gill net areas in western Pamlico Sound, which is the remainder of Management Unit B, remain open.

The reopening occurs at 12:01 a.m. Monday. It impacts waters in the Albemarle Sound west of a line that runs from Powells Point to Sound Point and in the Currituck Sound north of the Wright Memorial Bridge (N.C. 158 bridge). The waters are part of Management Unit A under the state’s Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit.

The remainder of Management Unit A, which includes the eastern Albemarle, Roanoke, Croatan and southern Currituck sounds, will stay closed to minimize the chance of more sea turtle interactions in this management unit.

For more specifics on open and closed areas, see Proclamations M-36-2014 and M-37-2014 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

North Carolina’s estuarine gill net fishery is managed under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon, issued to the state by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The permits require observer coverage. The permits authorize limited takes of these species, listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, as part of conservation plans that divide the state’s internal coastal waters into six management units. These units are closely monitored for interactions with sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon. An annual number of allowed interactions with each species is assigned to each gear type in each management unit. If the number of interactions is approached, the management unit must close for the remainder of the season or year.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage, the division’s Protected Resources Section chief, at 252-808-8009 or 252-241-2995 or Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 9, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission to Meet to Discuss
Laws, Rules and Processes

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

Commission members called this meeting to review various laws and rules that govern its actions. The commission will also discuss guidelines and authorities pertaining to fishery management plans, proclamations and actions that could conflict with existing laws, rules or processes. The special Oct. 23 meeting is not part of the commission’s regularly scheduled business meetings.   

The meeting is open to the public; however, public comment will not be accepted.

The meeting also includes a working lunch. Members of the public should bring their own meals if they wish to eat during this time.

A full meeting agenda is attached.

For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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