RE: GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 6:00 A.M. on Sunday, March 2, 2014, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
A. In Croatan and Roanoke, Albemarle and Currituck Sounds, north and west of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and the Washington Baum Bridge described below:
1. Croatan Sound – beginning at a point 35° 53.1720’ N – 75° 45.6160’W on the mainland shore; running easterly along the south side of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge to a point at 35° 53.1630’N – 75° 40.1640’W on Roanoke Island. B. The area between the lines referenced in I.A.1. and 2. and the southern boundary of the Albemarle Sound Management Area described as a line beginning at a point 35° 48.5015’N – 75°44.1228’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.
2. Roanoke Sound – beginning at a point 35° 53.6240’N – 75° 38.4170’W on shore at Roanoke Island; running easterly along the south side of the Washington Baum Bridge to a point at 35° 54.3820’N – 75° 35.9240’W on the Outer Banks shore.
II. GILL NET MESH AND CONFIGURATION RESTRICTIONS
Only gill nets meeting the specified mesh lengths and net configurations may be used in the described areas. A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net restrictions specified for the following areas:
A. Areas of Albemarle Sound described in I.A.1. and 2. above
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length less than 3 ¼ inches.
2. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length greater than 3 ¼ inches and less than 5 ¼ inches except as described in II.A.5.
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:
a. 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
b. 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
c. set so as to fish the bottom not to exceed a vertical height of 48 inches.