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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-02-2018

Marine Fisheries

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IV. GILL NET SETTING TIME REQUIREMENTS FOR MANAGEMENT SUBUNIT A-SOUTH OF US-64-BYP/US-64 AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION I.B.
It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ¼ inches through 6 ½ inches for daytime sets other than during the setting and retrieval periods specified below. Only single overnight soaks are permitted, and are only lawful if set and retrieved as follows:

A. 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.

B. 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.

C. 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.

D. Nets 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.

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

A. Exempted gear definitions (including trammel gill nets):
1. Runaround, 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 drift gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters portion of the Roanoke, Middle, Eastmost, Cashie, Chowan and Meherrin rivers and all other joint water tributaries of the Albemarle Sound Management Area as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15 NCAC 03R. 0201.

C. It is unlawful to use run-around, strike, drift, drop and trammel gill nets with a stretched mesh length other than 3 ¼ inches, except in Management Subunit A-South of US-64-BYP/US-64 as described in Section I. B., run-around, strike, drift, drop and trammel gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 3 ¼ inches through 4 inches may be used.

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

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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