III. GILL NET YARDAGE RESTRICTIONS
Only gill nets complying with the following yardage restrictions 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 yardage restrictions regardless of the number of areas fished.
A. It is unlawful to use more than 800 yards of gill net with a mesh length of 3 ¼, 3 ½, 3 ¾, and 4 inches in any combination.
B. It is unlawful to use more than 2,000 yards of gill net with a mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches.
IV. DRIFT GILL NETS
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.
V. 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 Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0103, 03Q .0107(1)(c); 03M .0202 and 03M .0513.
B. It is unlawful to violate 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. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0113 specifies that it is unlawful for any licensee under Chapter 113, Subchapter IV of the General Statutes to refuse to allow the Fisheries Director or his agents to obtain biological data, harvest information, or other statistical data necessary or useful to the conservation and management of marine and estuarine resources from fish in the licensee’s possession. The Division of Marine Fisheries has implemented an observer program as an inspection procedure to obtain such data.
D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-7-2014 dated February 26, 2014. It removes gill net configurations for targeting American shad and includes vertical height restrictions for all gill nets with mesh lengths of 5 ½ through 6 ½ inches.
March 21, 2014