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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-02-2016

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M-2-2016

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA- MANAGEMENT UNIT A

Jim Kelley, Acting Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, March 3, 2016, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:

I. MANAGEMENT UNIT A DESCRIPTION (INCLUDING SUBUNITS AND OTHER SPECIFIC AREAS WITHIN) (see Map 1)

A. Management Unit A: 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.

B. Management Subunit A-South of US-64-BYP/US-64: area described as south of a line beginning at a point 35° 53.1720’ N – 75° 45.6160’ W on the mainland shore near Manns Harbor; running easterly along the south side of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge, continuing easterly along the south side of the Washington Baum Bridge to a point ending at 35° 54.3820’ N – 75° 35.9240’ W on the Outer Banks shore.

C. Black Walnut Point to Mackey’s Creek: It is unlawful to use ANY gill nets (including those described in Section VI.) 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.

II. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS
A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net restrictions specified:

A. MANAGEMENT UNIT A (as described in Section I. A)
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 ¼ inches (gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 3 ¼ inches may be used).
2. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 3 ¼ inches and less than 5 ¼ inches.
3. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches.
4. It is unlawful to use more than 1,000 yards of gill net with a mesh length of 5 ¼ inches through 6 ½ inches unless the portion exceeding 1,000 yards in length is:
i. equipped with tie downs spaced no farther apart than 10 yards, restricting the vertical distance
between the top and bottom lines to 48 inches or less; or
i. equipped with floats that do not exceed 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches in length placed a minimum of 10 yards apart, not to exceed 11 floats per 100 yards of net and;
ii. set so as to fish the bottom and not to exceed a vertical height of 48 inches.
B. MANAGEMENT SUBUNIT A-SOUTH OF US-64-BYP/US-64: (AS DESCRIBED IN Section I. B)
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 ¼ inches (gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 3 ¼ inches may be used).
2. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 3 ¼ inches and less than 5 ¼ inches.
3. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches.
4. It is unlawful to use gill net with a mesh length of 5 ¼ inches through 6 ½ inches unless it complies with the following provisions:
i. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ¼ inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.
ii. It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification.
iii. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ¼ inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.
5. 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, except as noted for Area I.B in Section IV. (see Section IV. for additional gill net setting time restrictions in Management Subunit A-South of US-64-BYP/US-64)
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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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