RE: LARGE MESH GILL NETS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01A.M., Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the following provisions shall apply to the use of large mesh gill nets:
I. SUSPENSION OF PORTION OF MARINE FISHERIES RULE 15A NCAC 03J .0103
The following portion of Marine Fisheries Rules for Coastal Waters 15A NCAC 03J .0103 is suspended:
Section (i) (1), which reads:
(i) For gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater, it is unlawful:
(1) To use more than 3,000 yards of gill net per vessel in internal waters regardless of the number of individuals involved.
The provisions below in this proclamation shall be complied with at all times.
II. AREA, EXEMPTIONS AND ATTENDANCE/YARDAGE RESTRICTIONS IN EXEMPT AREAS
A. This proclamation applies to all internal coastal waters except the Albemarle Sound Management Area as described in Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03R. .0201 (a) and the Pamlico, Bay and Neuse rivers west of a line in the vicinity of the mouths of those water bodies described below:
1. Pamlico River – a line beginning at a point at35º 24.5920’N - 76º 32.3810’ W near Currituck Point; running southwesterly to a point at 35º 19.6960’N - 76º 36.5360’W near Fulford Point. B. Upon the effective date and time of this proclamation for areas described in Section II. A.:
2. Bay River – a line beginning at a point 35º 11.0760’N - 76º 31.6200’W near Bay Point; running southerly to a point at 35º 08.9290’N - 76º 32.2680’W near Maw Point.
3. Neuse River – a line beginning at a point 35º 08.9290’N - 76º 32.2680’W near Maw Point; running southerly to a point at 34° 59.2940’N – 76° 34.8230’W on the east shore of the mouth of South River.
1. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of large mesh gill net per operation. C. A run-around, strike or drop net that is used to surround a school of fish and then is immediately retrieved is exempted from the restrictions in Section III.A. and C., and Section IV. of this proclamation.
2. It is unlawful to fail to be present at the nets at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.
D. Drift gill nets that are used to capture fish while being moved along by water currents are exempt from the provisions in Section III. A. and C., and Section IV. of this proclamation provided the net is being actively fished and attended from deployment through retrieval.