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Marine Fisheries - nr-22-2017 Permits

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: April 28, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Division of Marine Fisheries has new, wallet-size
Estuarine Gill Net Permits

8-point rule

 

 

MOREHEAD CITY — Gill net fishermen are no longer obliged to keep up with a folded sheet of paper to show proof that they obtained an Estuarine Gill Net Permit.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ License Program is now issuing wallet-sized Estuarine Gill Net Permits on heavier, laminate-back, clean release cards for the 2017-2018 license season.

These permits are the same size as the Standard Commercial Fishing License, making them easier for fishermen to keep with them while fishing than the permits printed on 8.5-by-11-inch standard printer paper that were issued in prior years. They also should be more water resistant.

The Division of Marine Fisheries requires fishermen to obtain an Estuarine Gill Net Permit to use any anchored small or large mesh gill net in internal coastal waters. The permit is a requirement of federal incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon.

A condition of the incidental take permits is to maintain certain levels of observer coverage statewide. The Estuarine Gill Net Permit requires fishermen to provide an active phone number where they can be reached to schedule observer trips so that the division can maintain the observer coverage needed to stay in compliance with the incidental take permits. If the required coverage is not maintained, large and small mesh anchored gill nets could be prohibited in all internal coastal waters.

The permit is free, and fishermen can obtain or renew their annual permit when they renew their license at division offices or via mail. Customers who renewed their permit for the 2017-2018 license season before the clean release cards were implemented will receive a new clean release card in the mail soon.

Download a photo of a sample Estuarine Gill Net Permit here.

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

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