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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-01-2017

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M-1-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA – MANAGEMENT UNIT A – OPEN NORTHERN RIVERS

This Proclamation supersedes proclamation M-33-2016 dated December 22, 2016. It opens portions of Management Unit A as described in Section I. B. to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of
5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches.

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:00 Noon, Sunday, January 29, 2017 the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:

I. MANAGEMENT UNIT A DESCRIPTION AND SPECIFIC AREA RESTRICTIONS (Map 1)
Management Unit A: encompasses all Internal Coastal Waters bound on the south by 35° 46.3000’ N latitude to the North Carolina/Virginia state line. This includes Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries.

A. It is unlawful to use ANY gill nets (including those described in Section IV.) in the area southwest of a line from Black Walnut Point 35° 59.3833’ N - 76° 41.0060’ W; running southeasterly to a point 35° 56.3333’ N - 76° 36.0333’ W at the mouth of Mackey’s Creek, including Roanoke, Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.
The following Joint Waters of the Chowan, Perquimans, Little, Pasquotank, and North, rivers are OPEN to the use of gill nets as described in Sections II., III., IV. and V.:
Chowan River: Joint Waters northwest of line beginning at a point on the west shore at Willow Branch 36° 04.7206' N - 76° 43.7667' W; running northeasterly to a point on the east shore at the mouth of Rocky Hock Creek 36° 06.6406' N - 76° 41.4512' W.
Perquimans River: Joint Waters northwest of a line beginning at a point on the west shore at Blount Point 36° 07.2950' N - 76° 20.7870' W; running northeasterly to a point on the east shore at Boat Ramp Road 36° 08.0160' N - 76° 19.1970' W.
Little River: Joint Waters northwest of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 36° 07.8420' N - 76° 13.7540' W; running northeasterly to a point on the east shore at Hobbs Landing Road 36° 08.2246' N - 76° 12.2828' W.
Pasquotank River: Joint Waters northwest of a line beginning at a point on the west shore at Pool Point 36° 13.3040' N - 76° 07.2430' W; running northeasterly to a point on the east shore at Miller Point 36° 14.3165' N - 76° 04.7984' W.
North River: Joint Waters north of a line beginning at a point on the west shore at the mouth of Broad Creek 36° 12.2197' N - 75° 57.2685' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore at the mouth of Duck Creek 36° 12.4056' N - 75° 54.2967' W.

B. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length other than 3 ¼ inches except in areas described in Section I. B. and in accordance with restrictions described in Section IV.

C. It is unlawful to fail to actively fish all gill net sets at least once during a 24- hour period no later than noon each day (except those described in Section V).
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