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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-08-2017

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M-8-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NETS - CENTRAL SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT AREA (CSMA) - WESTERN PAMLICO SOUND AND RIVERS

This proclamation implements tie-down (vertical net height restrictions) and distance from shore restrictions for gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater in the western Pamlico Sound and rivers.


Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, April 3, 2017, the following restrictions will apply to gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION (See Map)
All internal coastal waters west (upstream) of the 76° 28.0000’ W longitude line which passes near Roos Point at the mouth of Pungo River south to Point of Marsh at the mouth of the Neuse River.

II. GEAR RESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful to fail to equip gill nets with tie downs spaced no farther apart than 10 yards to restrict the vertical distance between the top and bottom lines to 36 inches or less. If the vertical height of the net (distance between the top and bottom line) is 36 inches or less, no tie-downs are required.  Nets must be set so as to fish on the bottom and not exceed a vertical height of 36 inches.

B. It is unlawful for any portion of the net to be within 50 yards of any point on shore when set or deployed in the following river areas:
1. Neuse River - Upstream of a line beginning at a point at Cooper Point 35° 02.1433’ N - 76° 55.9965’ W; running southwesterly to a point at Fisher Landing Point 35° 00.1550’ N - 76° 58.5738’ W.
2. Pamlico River - Upstream of a line beginning at a point at Gum Point 35° 25.1669’ N - 76° 45.5251’ W; running southwesterly to a point at Fork Point at 35° 23.4453’ N - 76° 46.4346’ W.
3. Pungo River - Upstream of a line beginning at a point at Sandy Point 35° 26.8680’ N - 76° 33.9520’ W; running southwesterly to a point on the west shore at 35° 26.2810’ N - 76° 35.5530’ W.
C. Attended Recreational Commercial Gear License gill nets are exempt from restrictions in II. B.

D. These restrictions terminate on December 31, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. by this proclamation.

III. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0103.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to enact the requirements established by the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan to reduce large mesh gill net bycatch. 

D. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule15A NCAC 03J .0103 states it is unlawful to use gill nets in internal waters from April 15 through December 15, with a mesh length 5 inches or greater and less than 5 ½ inches. 

E. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 (i)(2) states for gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater it is unlawful from June through October, for any portion of the net to be within 10 feet of any point on the shoreline while set or deployed unless the net is attended.  N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 (j) defines the shoreline as the mean high water line or marsh line, whichever is more seaward.

F. Proclamation M-3-2014, dated February 3, 2014 prohibits the setting of gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters of the state from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. Portions of Albemarle and Currituck sounds are exempt from that provision.

G. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

H. Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://ncmarinefisheries.net

I. This proclamation implements tie-down (vertical net height restrictions) and distance from shore restrictions for gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater in the western Pamlico Sound and rivers.

 

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

March 31, 2017
8:30 A.M.
M-8-2017

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