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M-21-2014

PROCLAMATION

RE: LARGE MESH GILL NETS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS

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 large mesh gill nets:

I. SUSPENSION OF PORTION OF MARINE FISHERIES RULE 15A NCAC 03J .0103
The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 is suspended:
Section (i) (1), which reads:

(i) For gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater, it is unlawful:
(1) To use more than 3,000 yards of gill net per vessel in internal waters regardless of the number of individuals involved.

The provisions below in this proclamation shall be complied with at all times.

II. LARGE MESH GILL NETS AND SEASON CLOSURE RESTRICTIONS:

It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 4 inches to 6½ inches stretched mesh, inclusive) in Internal Coastal Waters except:

A. In areas identified in Section III.

B. No more than 2,000 yards of run-around, strike or drop nets that are used to surround a school of fish and then immediately retrieved.

III. AREA EXEMPTIONS AND ATTENDANCE/YARDAGE RESTRICTIONS IN EXEMPT AREAS

A. Albemarle Sound Management Area (ASMA) as described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R. .0201 (a). (Map 1) (See the most recent M-type proclamation for the ASMA for further restrictions on large mesh gill net use in this area.)

B. Pamlico, Bay and Neuse rivers west of the lines in the vicinity of the mouths of those waterbodies described below:
1. Pamlico River – a line beginning at a point 35º 24.5920’N - 76º 32.3810’W near Currituck Point; running southwesterly to a point 35º 19.6960’N - 76º 36.5360’W near Fulford Point. (Map 2)
2. Bay River – a line beginning at a point 35º 11.0760’N - 76º 31.6200’W near Bay Point; running southerly to a point 35º 08.9290’N - 76º 32.2680’W near Maw Point. (Map 3)
3. Neuse River – a line beginning at a point 35º 08.9290’N - 76º 32.2680’W near Maw Point; running southerly to a point 34° 59.2940’N – 76° 34.8230’W on the east shore of the mouth of South River. (Map 3)
C. The following area must adhere to restrictions outlined in Section IV and V:

New River- upstream of a line beginning at a point 34° 37.6373' N – 77° 22.3605' W on Grey Point, running southeasterly to a point 34° 37.1622' N – 77° 21.5527' W on the east shore. (Map 4)

D. Yardage and attendance restrictions for areas described in Section III. B.:
1. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of large mesh gill net per operation.
2. It is unlawful to fail to actively fish gill net sets at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.

IV. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS
It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 4 inches to 6½ inches stretched mesh, inclusive) in the area described in section III. C. unless they comply with the following provisions:

A. It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded
bottomline.

B. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 1,000 yards of large mesh gill net per operation.

C. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of large mesh gill net without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.

V. GILL NET SETTING TIME REQUIREMENTS
It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 4 inches to 6½ inches stretched mesh inclusive) in the area described in Section III. C. for daytime sets other than during the setting and retrieval periods specified below. Only single night overnight soaks are permitted, and are only lawful if set and retrieved as follows:

A. Nets set for Monday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Sunday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Monday.

B. Nets set for Tuesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Monday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Tuesday.

C. Nets set for Wednesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Tuesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Wednesday.

D. Nets set for Thursday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Wednesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Thursday.

E. Nets set for Friday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Thursday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Friday.

No other overnight sets are permitted, and in no case shall daytime sets occur other than during setting and retrieval periods as specified above.

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