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M-13-2016

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NET CLOSURE — ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA- MANAGEMENT UNIT A

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 P.M., Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:

I. MANAGEMENT UNIT A DESCRIPTION

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 RESTRICTIONS
A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the following gill net restrictions:

A. It is unlawful to use gill nets (including trammel gill nets) in Management Unit A except as described in Section III.

B. It is unlawful to use ANY gill nets, including those described in Section III., 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.

III. GEAR EXEMPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR RUN-AROUND, STRIKE, DROP, TRAMMEL, AND DRIFT GILL NETS

A. Exempted gear definitions (including trammel nets):
1. Runaround, strike, drop, or trammel gill nets - gill nets that are set and then are immediately retrieved.
2. Drift gill nets - gill nets that are used to capture fish while being moved along by water currents and the net being actively fished and attended from deployment through retrieval.
B. 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 as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15 NCAC 03R. 0201.

C. It is unlawful to use run-around, strike, drift, drop, and trammel gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 inches and greater than 4 inches.

D. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 800 yards of run-around, strike, drift, drop, and trammel gill net per commercial fishing operation.
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