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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-16-2016

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M-16-2016

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS- OPENING PORTIONS OF MANAGEMENT UNIT B (SUBUNITS)

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 6:27 P.M., Monday, September 5, 2016 the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets south of Management Unit A (south of 35° 46.3000’ N latitude):

I. AREA DESCRIPTIONS (See maps):
(Map 1 and Map 2)

It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches in Internal Coastal Waters except those described below (areas not listed below are closed to gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches; except as described in Section III.):

A. Management Unit B: Subunits below within the Internal Coastal Waters, bounded on the north by 35°46.3000’ N latitude, on the south by 34°48.2700’ N latitude which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”, and on the west by 76° 30.0000’ W longitude.

Subunits in Management Unit B open to gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches are described as: Shallow Water (SGNRA) and Mainland (MGNRA) Gill Net Restricted Areas; all other areas in Management Unit B remain closed:
1. SGNRA2
The area from Ocracoke Inlet to Hatteras Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker #7 at the mouth of Silver Lake at 35° 06.9091’ N - 75° 59.3882’ W, running north to a point at 35° 08.7925’ N - 76° 00.3627’ W near Big Foot Slough Entrance, then running easterly to a point at 35° 09.4994’ N - 75° 54.2943’ W, then running northeasterly to a point at 35° 11.9803’N -75° - 51.6396’ W, then running easterly to a point at 35° 13.4489’ N - 75° 47.5534’ W, then running southerly to just northwest of the Ocracoke/Hatteras Ferry terminal on the Ocracoke side at 35° 11.5985’ N - 75° 47.0768’ W, then southwesterly along the shore to the point of beginning.

2. SGNRA3
The area from Hatteras to Avon Channel bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker “HR” at 35° 13.3152 ’N - 75° 41.6694’ W, running northwest near Marker “42 RC” at Hatteras Channel at 35° 16.7617’ N - 75° 44.2341’ W, then running easterly to a point off Marker #2 at Cape Channel at 35° 19.0380’ N - 75° 36.2993’ W, then running northeasterly near Marker #1 at the Avon Channel Entrance at 35° 22.8212’ N - 75° 33.5984’ W, then running southeasterly near Marker #6 on Avon Channel at 35° 20.8224’ N - 75° 31.5708’ W, then running easterly near Marker #8 at 35° 20.9412’ N - 75° 30.9058’ W, then running to a point on shore at 35° 20.9562’ N - 75° 30.8472’ W, then following the shoreline in a southerly and westerly direction to the point of beginning.

3. SGNRA4
The area from Avon Channel to Rodanthe bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker #1 at the Avon Channel Entrance at 35° 22.8212’ N - 75° 33.5984’ W, then running northerly to a point on Gull Island at 35° 28.4495’ N - 75° 31.3247’ W, then running north near Marker “ICC” at 35° 35.9891’N - 75° 31.2419’ W, then running northwesterly to a point at 35° 41.0000’ N - 75° 33.8397’ W, then running easterly to a point on shore at 35° 41.0000’ N - 75° 29.3271’ W, then following the shoreline in a southerly direction to a point on shore near Avon Harbor at 35° 20.9562’ N - 75° 30.8472’ W, then running westerly near Marker #8 at 35° 20.9412’ N -75° 30.9058’ W, then running westerly near Marker #6 on Avon Channel at 35° 20.8224’ N - 75° 31.5708’ W, then running northwesterly to the point of beginning.

4. MGNRA
The area on the mainland side of Pamlico Sound, from the shoreline of Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, and Carteret counties out to 200 yards, between 76° 30.000’ W and 75° 42.4200’ W longitude lines.
B. Management Unit C: Pamlico, Pungo, Bay and Neuse river drainages and Internal Coastal Waters of Pamlico Sound west of 76° 30.0000’ W.

C. Management Unit D2: all Internal Coastal Waters west of a line running from 34° 40.6750’ N – 76° 37.0000’ W to 34° 42.4800’ N – 76° 37.0000’ W then to the head of Turner Creek, and northerly up the western shoreline of the North River; and east of the NC HWY 58 Bridge. Management Unit D2 includes Newport River (including the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Harlowe Creek up to NC HWY 101 Bridge) and Bogue Sound.

D. Management Unit E: all Internal Coastal Waters south and west of the NC HWY 58 Bridge to the North Carolina/South Carolina state line. This includes the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and adjacent sounds and the New, Cape Fear, Lockwood Folly, White Oak, and Shallotte Rivers.
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