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M-19-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS – CLOSE LARGE MESH GILL NET MANAGEMENT UNIT D1

This proclamation supersedes proclamation M-17-2017 dated October 12, 2017. This proclamation closes Management Unit D1 (See map) to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches (except as described in Section III.) in accordance with the Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit.


Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 9, 2017, 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 map):
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 (including trammel gill nets) with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches; except as described in Section III.; (SEE SECTION II. FOR ADDITIONAL AREA RESTRICTIONS):

A. Management Unit B: Subunits ONLY below within the Internal Coastal Waters, bounded on the north by 35° 46.3000’ N latitude which runs approximately from the north end of Pea Island (old Coast Guard station) westerly to a point on the shore at Point Peter Canal, 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 below as: Shallow Water Gill Net Restricted Areas (SGNRA1-SGNRA4), Mainland Gill Net Restricted Areas (MGNRA) and Core Sound Gill Net Restricted Areas (CGNRA); all other areas in Management Unit B are closed:
1. SGNRA1
The area from Wainwright Island to Ocracoke Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point on Core Banks at 34° 58.7963’N - 76° 10.0013’W, running northwesterly near Marker # 2CS at the mouth of Wainwright Channel at 35° 00.2780’N - 76° 12.1682’W, then running northeasterly near Marker “HL” at 35° 01.5665’N - 76° 11.4277’W, then running northeasterly near Marker #1 at 35° 09.7058’N - 76° 04.7528’W, then running southeasterly to a point at Beacon Island at 35° 05.9352’N - 76° 02.7408’W, then running south to a point on the northeast corner of Portsmouth Island at 35° 03.7014’N - 76° 02.2595’W, then running southwesterly along the shore of Core Banks to the point of beginning.

2. 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.
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