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NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-15-2013

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. ATTENDANCE EXEMPTIONS

A. Gill nets set in the following areas are exempt from attendance requirements :
1. Croatan Sound Area - In the area formed by a northern boundary line from Roanoke Marshes Point at 35° 48.3693’N - 75° 43.7232’W, running northeasterly to Beacon “4” on the south point of the Mouth of Baum Creek on Roanoke Island at 35° 50.6000’N – 75° 39.7000’W. The southern boundary is the ASMA line which runs from Roanoke Marshes Point at 35° 48.3693’N - 75° 43.7232’W, running southeasterly to the north point of Eagles Nest Bay at 35° 44.1710’N - 75° 31.0520’W.

2. Roanoke Sound Area – In the area formed by a northern boundary line running along the Highway 264/64 bridge. The southern boundary is the ASMA line which runs from Roanoke Marshes Point 35° 48.3693’N - 75° 43.7232’W, running southeasterly to the north point of Eagles Nest Bay at 35° 44.1710’N - 75° 31.0520’W.
B. ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS IN THESE AREAS: From May 15, 2013 through May 31, 2013, all gill nets with a mesh length less than 4 inches that are set within 50 yards of shore must be attended. Gill nets with a mesh length less than 4 inches set farther than 50 yards from shore do not have to be attended through May 31, 2013.
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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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