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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 28, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

New fisheries rules go into effect April 1

MOREHEAD CITY — Three new rules pertaining to the striped mullet gill net fishery and mechanical oyster harvesting will go into effect April 1.

Two of the rule changes impacting gill nets will implement Amendment 1 to the N.C. Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan, adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission at its November meeting.

The first amends Marine Fisheries Commission rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 to prohibit non-stationary gill nets from blocking more than two-thirds of a water body or interfering with navigation or other traditional uses of the area. This restriction already exists for anchored gill nets. The new rule is meant to address user conflicts between gill net fishermen and shoreline residents and recreational hook-and-line fishermen in smaller coastal creeks.

The second amends rule 15A NCAC 03R .0112 to remove the Newport River Trawl Net Prohibited Area as a small mesh gill net attendance area, making attendance requirements consistent with similar areas of the state.

A third change amends the existing rule for mechanical methods for oyster harvesting (15A NCAC 03R .0108) to clarify that it only applies to internal coastal waters, not the Atlantic Ocean.

The new rules will be included in a 2016 supplement to the 2015 North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules that will be posted online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rules-and-regulations by April 1.

For more information on the rule changes, contact Catherine Blum, with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8014 or Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov.

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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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