RE: LARGE MESH GILL NETS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 6:00 A.M. Friday, February 15, 2013, the following provisions shall apply to the use of large mesh gill nets:
I. SUSPENSION OF PORTION OF MARINE FISHERIES RULE 15A NCAC 03J .0103
The following portion of Marine Fisheries Rules for Coastal Waters 15A NCAC 03J .0103 is suspended:
Section (i) (1), which reads:
(i) For gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater, it is unlawful:
(1) To use more than 3,000 yards of gill net per vessel in internal waters regardless of the number of individuals involved.
The provisions below in this proclamation shall be complied with at all times.
II. AREAS AND EXEMPTIONS
A. This proclamation applies to all internal coastal waters except the Albemarle Sound Management Area as described in Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0201 (a) and the Neuse, Bay and Pamlico rivers described as follows:
1. In Pamlico, Bay and Neuse rivers, the restrictions do not apply west of a line in the vicinity of the mouths of those waterbodies described below: B. The following areas are exempt from the restrictions listed in Section IV. A., B., and D. of this proclamation beginning at 6:00 A.M. on February 15, 2013 for all areas north of the Cape Fear River and at 6:00 A..M. on February 20, 2013 for all areas from the Cape Fear River south.
a. Pamlico River – a line beginning at a point at 35º 24.5920’N - 76º 32.3810’W near Currituck Point; running southwesterly to a point at 35º 19.6960’N - 76º 36.5360’W near Fulford Point. 2. In river areas listed in II. A. 1. a., b. and c. above:
b. Bay River – a line beginning at a point 35º 11.0760’N - 76º 31.6200’W near Bay Point; running southerly to a point at 35º 08.9290’N - 76º 32.2680’W near Maw Point.
c. Neuse River – a line beginning at a point 35º 08.9290’N - 76º 32.2680’W near Maw Point; running southerly to a point at 34° 59.29400’N – 76°59.2940’N – 76° 34.8230’W on the east shore of the mouth of South River.
a. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of large mesh gill net per vessel.
b. It is unlawful to fail to be present at the nets at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.
1. The exempted American and hickory shad fishery areas include:
a. Pamlico Sound – south of a line beginning at a point 35° 48.3693’N – 75° 43.7232’W on Roanoke Marshes Point, running southeasterly to a point 35° 44.1710’N – 75° 31.0520’W on the north point of Eagle Nest Bay and north of a line at the Wainwrights beginning at a point 34° 59.7942’N – 76° 14.6514’W on Camp Point; running easterly to a point at 34° 58.7853’N – 76° 09.8922’W on Core Banks. 2. For areas listed in II. B. 1. a., b. and c. above:
b. In Cape Fear River and its tributaries, north of a line running from a point on the west shore at 34° 04.6040’N – 77° 56.4780’W; running easterly to a point on the east shore at 34° 04.7920’N – 77° 55.4740’W.
c. In New River north of the Highway 172 Bridge.
a. It is unlawful to fail to be present at the nets at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.
b. The maximum yardage limit in IV. C. is still in effect.