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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021
Date: Sept. 9,  2011

Additional Waters Exempted from Stricter Regulations in
Sea Turtle Lawsuit Settlement

MOREHEAD CITY – Gov. Bev Perdue has directed that fishermen setting large-mesh gill nets in portions of Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and portions of the Neuse, Pamlico and Bay rivers, will soon be under the same regulations as they were prior to a sea turtle lawsuit settlement agreement.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued proclamations this week to conditionally exempt these waters from stricter regulations that have been in place since May 2010. The new regulations take effect Monday.

This is another example of Perdue’s efforts to ease regulations on businesses and residents in North Carolina to make it easier to get back to work. These less stringent regulations should aid fishermen in their efforts to return to business as usual after Hurricane Irene.

The changes are the result of an agreement between the division, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to modify the lawsuit settlement based on data from Division of Marine Fisheries gill net observer coverage, said division Director Louis Daniel.

“We have more than a year’s worth of data from our observer coverage, and there has not been one record of a commercial fishing-related interaction with a sea turtle in these waters,” Daniel said.

If sea turtles are observed in these newly exempted areas, then the stricter regulations will go back in place for the remainder of the season.

The new exempted areas include waters of Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke sounds north of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and the Washington Baum Bridge. Also exempted are waters of the Pamlico River upstream of Currituck Point and Fulford Point, waters of the Bay River upstream of Bay Point and Maw Point, and waters of the Neuse River upstream of a line from Maw Point to the mouth of South River.

All other coastal waters of the state not specifically exempted under the settlement agreement remain under regulations adopted by the Marine Fisheries Commission in May 2010. Those regulations prohibited fishermen from setting gill nets between 4-inches and 6 ½-inches stretched mesh in the daytime and on weekends in most waters of the state. They also prohibit setting nets of more than 15 meshes in height, along with other gear restrictions.

For specific coordinates and regulations, see Proclamations M-27-2011 and M-28-2011 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-263

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