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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-01-2018

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II. ADDITIONAL AREA RESTRICTIONS - MANAGEMENT UNIT E

A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches (except as described in Section III.) in the following portions of Management Unit E:
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 Highway 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.

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

A. Exempted gear definitions (including trammel gill nets):
1. Run-around, strike, drop, or trammel 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, drop and trammel 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, drop and trammel 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, drift and trammel gill nets are exempt from the restrictions specified in Sections IV., V. and VI.

IV. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS
During times (see Section V.) and in Management Units indicated (see Section I.) 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:

A. Management Unit B as described in Section I. 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 net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set a gill net, no more than 100 yards in length, 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, regardless of individual net length.
B. Management Unit C as described in Section I. 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 D2 as described in Section I. C:
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 net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set a gill net, no more than 100 yards in length, 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, regardless of individual net length.
D. Management Unit E as described in Section I. 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 or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
3. It is unlawful to set a gill net, no more than 100 yards in length, 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, regardless of individual net length.

V. GILL NET SETTING TIME REQUIREMENTS
It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches for daytime sets other than during the setting and retrieval periods specified below. Only single night overnight soaks are permitted, and are only lawful if set and retrieved as follows:

Management Units B, D2, and E as described in Section I. A., C., and D.

1. Nets set for Tuesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Monday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Tuesday.
2. Nets set for Wednesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Tuesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Wednesday.
3. Nets set for Thursday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Wednesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Thursday.
4. Nets set for Friday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Thursday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Friday.

Additional overnight soak period is permitted in Management Units D2 and E as described in Section I. C. and D.:

5. Nets set for Monday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Sunday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Monday.

VI. SEA TURTLE AND ATLANTIC STURGEON INTERACTION REPORTING
It is unlawful to fail to report any sea turtle or sturgeon captured in anchored gill nets. Reports shall be made within 24 hours of the capture to the Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632. Self-reported takes of sea turtles and sturgeon by fishermen fishing without an observer do not count toward the allowable takes in the Incidental Take Permits.

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