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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-8-2015

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M-8-2015

PROCLAMATION

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

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 18, 2015, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:

I. MANAGEMENT UNIT A DESCRIPTION AND AREA RESTRICTIONS
Management Unit A: encompasses all Internal Coastal Waters bound on the south by 35° 46.3000’ N latitude and on the north by the North Carolina/Virginia state line. This includes Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries.

II. GILL NET ATTENDANCE, MESH AND CONFIGURATION RESTRICTIONS
A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net restrictions specified:

A. It is unlawful to use gill nets 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.

B. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 inches.

C. It is unlawful to use unattended gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 3 inches through 4 inches.

D. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches.

E. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 4 inches and less than 5 ½ inches.

F. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches unless the nets are:
1. 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
2. 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
3. set so as to fish the bottom and not to exceed a vertical height of 48 inches; and
4. 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.

III. GILL NET YARDAGE RESTRICTIONS
A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net yardage restrictions specified:

A. It is unlawful to use more than 800 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 3 inches through 4 inches in any combination per commercial fishing operation.

B. It is unlawful to use more than 2,000 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches per commercial fishing operation.
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