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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-20-2015

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III. GEAR EXEMPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR RUN-AROUND, STRIKE, DROP, MULTI-PANEL TRAMMEL, AND DRIFT GILL NETS
A. Exempted gear definitions (including multi-panel trammel gill nets):
1. Runaround, strike, drop, or multi-panel trammel gill nets - gill nets that are set and then are immediately retrieved.

2. Drift gill nets - gill nets that are used to capture fish while being moved along by water currents and the net being actively fished and attended from deployment through retrieval.
B. It is unlawful to use run-around, strike, drift, drop and multi-panel trammel gill nets with a stretched mesh length 5 inches and greater.

C. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 800 yards of run-around, strike, drop and multi-panel trammel gill net per commercial fishing operation.

D. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of drift gill net per commercial fishing operation.

E. Run-around, strike, drop, drift and multi-panel trammel gill nets are exempt from the restrictions specified in Sections IV., V. and VII.
IV. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS
During times (see Section V.) and in Management Units indicated (see Section II.) it is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches unless they comply with the following provisions:
A. Management Unit B (Subunit MGNRA) as described in Section II. A.:
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.
2. It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification.
3. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.
B. Management Unit D2 as described in Section II. B.:
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.
2. It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification.
3. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.
C. Management Unit E as described in Section II. C.:
1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.
2. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
3. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.

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