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M-15-2012

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION

A. In Croatan and Roanoke, Albemarle and Currituck sounds, north and west of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and the Washington Baum Bridge described below:

1. Croatan Sound – beginning at a point 35° 53.1720’N – 75° 45.6160’W on the mainland shore; running easterly along the south side of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge to appoint at 35° 53.1630’N – 75° 40.1640’W on Roanoke Island.

2. Roanoke Sound – beginning at a point 35° 53.6240’N – 75° 38.4170’W on shore at Roanoke Island; running easterly along the south side of the Washington Baum Bridge to a point at 35° 54.3820’N – 75° 35.9240’W on the Outer Banks shore.

B. The area between the lines referenced in I.A.1. and 2. and the southern boundary of the Albemarle Sound Management Area described as a line beginning at a point 35° 48.3693’N – 75°43.7232’W on Roanoke Marshes Point, running southeasterly to a point 35° 44.1710’N – 75° 31.0520’W on the north point of Eagle Nest Bay.

II. NET RESTRICTIONS

Only gill nets meeting the specified mesh lengths 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 restrictions specified for the following areas:

A. Albemarle, Currituck, Roanoke and Croatan sounds (areas described in I.A.1. and 2.)

1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length of six (6) inches or greater.

2. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh size length less than 3 ¼ inches.

3. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¼ inches shall not exceed 800 yards in length.

4. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 ¼ inches and larger shall not exceed 1,000 yards in length, except as provided in Section II.A.5.

5. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 ½ inches and larger are required to be equipped with tie downs spaced no farther apart than 10 yards, restricting the vertical distance between the top and bottom lines to 48 inches or less unless they are equipped with floats that do not exceed 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches in length placed a minimum of 10 yards apart, not to exceed 11 floats per 100 yards of net. Gill nets must be set so as to fish the bottom not to exceed a vertical height of 48 inches. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 ½ inches and larger shall not exceed 3,000 yards in length combined for a fishing operation

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 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.

7. Gill nets with a mesh length greater than 3 ¼ inches and less than 5 ¼ inches shall not be used, except as described in II.A.8.

8. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¾ and 4 inches may be used east of a line from Baum Point 35° 55.1602’N – 75° 39.5736’W to Rhodoms Point 36° 00.2146’N – 75° 43.6399’W and east of a line from Eagleton Point 36° 01.3178’N – 75° 43.6585’W to Long Point 36° 02.4971’N – 75° 44.2261’W at the mouth of Kitty Hawk Bay. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¼, 3 ¾, and 4 inches shall not exceed 800 yards in any combination in this area.

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

1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length of six (6) inches or greater.

2. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length of less than 3 ¼ inches.

3. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¼ and 3 ¾ shall not exceed 800 yards combined.

4. Gill nets with a mesh length of 4 inches up to 6 inches must adhere to the requirements in Proclamation
M-14-2012, dated March 26, 2012.

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 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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. The intent of this proclamation is to allow directed fisheries for mullet, white perch, hickory shad and flounder while managing the Albemarle Sound Management Area striped bass with the quota established by the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the river herring stocks under a no harvest measure in the North Carolina River Herring FMP, and controlling the bycatch of striped bass in directed gill net fisheries.

D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-5-2012, dated January, 31, 2012.

March 26, 2012
8:30 A.M.
M-15-2012

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632

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