RE: GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: ATLANTIC OCEAN SHORELINE OF NORTH CAROLINA
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, June 1, 2014, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
The Atlantic Ocean within 100 yards seaward of:
A. the shoreline at any tide; and
B. the COLREGS demarcation lines; from the North Carolina-Virginia border to the North Carolina-South Carolina border
II. GEAR RESTRICTION/EXCEPTION
The following conditions apply to the use of gill nets in the area described above:
A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length less than or equal to five inches (stretched mesh).
B. Run-around, strike or drop nets that are used to surround a school of fish and then immediately retrieved are exempt from this restriction.
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. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .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. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to attempt to reduce interactions with bottlenose dolphins in nearshore ocean waters.
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. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit our website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
F. This proclamation supersedes proclamation M-26-2013, dated September 10, 2013. It removes the exempted areas and requires that gill nets with a mesh length less than or equal to five inches (stretched mesh) be set at least 100 yards from shore or COLREGS lines at any tide along the entire Atlantic Ocean shoreline of North Carolina.
May 28, 2014