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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-14-2013

Marine Fisheries

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

6. No gill nets may be used in the area southwest of a line from Black Walnut Point 35° 59.3833’N - 76° 41.0060’W; running 138°(M) 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.

7. It is unlawful to fail to be present at the nets set in the area described in I.A. 1. and 2. at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.
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.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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