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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-14-2013 (Revised)

Marine Fisheries

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B.Area of eastern/southern Albemarle Sound Management Area described in I.B. above

1. Gill nets with a mesh length less than 3 shall not be used.

2. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 inches and less than 4 inches shall not exceed 800 yards combined and must be attended at all times.

3. Gill nets with a mesh length 4 inches and less than 5 ½ inches shall not be used.

4. Gill nets with a mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches shall not be used.

5. It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 5 ½ to 6 ½ inches stretched mesh inclusive) of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottomline. It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of large mesh gill net without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.

6. Large mesh gill nets shall not exceed 2,000 yards combined.

7 .It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 5 ½ inches to 6 ½ inches stretched mesh inclusive) for daytime sets other than during the setting and retrieval periods specified in the area described in I.B. above. Only single night overnight soaks are permitted, and are only lawful if set and retrieved as follows:

a. Nets set for Tuesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Monday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Tuesday.
b. Nets set for Wednesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Tuesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Wednesday.
c. Nets set for Thursday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Wednesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Thursday.
d. Nets for Friday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Thursday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Friday.

III.DRIFT GILL NETS

Drift gill nets may not be used 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.

IV.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, 03Q .0107(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. “Attended” is defined in Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0101.

D. Attended gill net areas are defined in Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0112.

E. 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.

F. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-14-2013 dated May 2, 2013. Item II.A.3. was added and in II.A.8. large mesh net sizes were clarified.

May 3, 2013
2:15 P.M.
M-14-2013 (REVISED)

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