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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-1-2015

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III. AREA EXEMPTIONS ATTENDANCE AND GEAR RESTRICTIONS FOR SHAD FISHERY

A. The following portions of Management Unit E are exempt from the restrictions listed in Section V. and VI:
1. Cape Fear River and its tributaries north of the Railroad Bridge described as a line running from a point on the west shore at 34° 15.5760’ N - 77°59.3000’ W; running easterly to a point on the east shore at 34° 15.6270’ N - 77° 59.2300’ W.
2. Northeast Cape Fear River and its tributaries north of the Hwy. 17 Bridge described as a line running from a point on the west shore at 34° 17.9430’ N - 77° 57.5540’W to a point on the east shore at 34° 18.1320’ N - 77° 57.3790’ W.
B. Upon effective date and time of this proclamation for Portions of Management Unit E described in Section III. A.:
1. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
2. It is unlawful for gill net soak times to exceed 12 hours.

IV. GEAR EXEMPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR RUN-AROUND, STRIKE, DROP, AND DRIFT GILL NETS

A. Exempted gear definitions:
1. Runaround, strike, or drop gill nets-gill nets that are set and then are immediately retrieved.
2. Drift gill nets-gill nets that are used to capture fish while being moved along by water currents and the net being actively fished and attended from deployment through retrieval.
B. It is unlawful to use run-around, strike, drift, and drop gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches.

C. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 800 yards of run-around, strike, and drop gill net per commercial fishing operation.

D. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of drift gill net per commercial fishing operation.

E. Run-around, strike, drop, and drift gill nets are exempt from the restrictions specified in Sections V., VI.and VII.

V. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS

During times (see Section VI.) and in Management Units indicated (see Section II.) it is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches unless they comply with the following provisions (except for the exempted areas described in Section III.):

A. Management Unit B as described in Section II. A
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.
2. It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification.
3. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.
B. Management Unit C as described in Section II. B.
1. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
2. It is unlawful to fail to actively fish gill net sets at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.
C. Management Unit D1 and D2 as described in Section II. C. and D.:
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.
2. It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification.
3. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.
D. Management Unit E as described in Section II.E. (except for the exempted areas described in Section III. A.):
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.
2. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
3. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.
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