RE: LARGE MESH GILL NETS: SOUTHERN CORE SOUND, BACK SOUND, THE STRAITS, AND NORTH RIVER
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 5:57 P.M. Monday, May 7, 2012, the following provisions shall apply to the use of large mesh gill nets:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
SOUTHERN CORE SOUND, BACK SOUND, THE STRAITS, NORTH RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES –The area bound in the north by a line at latitude 34° 48.2660’ N which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”, bound in the west by a line at longitude 76° 36.9972’ W, which runs from a point on Shackleford Banks northerly to Lennoxville Point, then to the head of Turner Creek, and northerly up the western side of North River, and bound in the east by the COLREGS demarcation line at Barden Inlet including southern Core Sound, Back Sound The Straits, North River and all tributaries. (See Map)
II. GILL NET RESTRICTIONS AND EXEMPTION
A. It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 4 inches to 6½ inches stretched mesh, inclusive) in the area described in I. above effective from one hour before sunset, Monday, May 7, 2012 until re-opened at 6:18 P.M. on June 4, 2012 by this proclamation.
B. 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 this proclamation.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G. S. 113-134; 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0101 and .0103.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to close the designated area to the use of large mesh gill nets due to the number of observed sea turtle interactions that have occurred.
D. The restrictions in this proclamation apply to gill nets used by Recreational Commercial Gear License holders as well as Standard and Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License holders.
E. This proclamation supersedes the portion of Proclamation M-17-2012 (Revised), dated April 4, 2012, which opened the area. All other provisions of Proclamation M-17-2012 remain in effect.
May 3, 2102
|N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 |