RE: GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA - MANAGEMENT UNIT A - CLOSING
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01A.M., Saturday, October 17, 2015, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:
I. MANAGEMENT UNIT A DESCRIPTION (INCLUDING SUBUNITS AND OTHER SPECIFIC AREAS WITHIN) (Map 1)
A. Management Unit A: Internal Coastal Waters bound on the south by 35° 46.3000’ N latitude to the North Carolina/Virginia state line. This includes Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries.
B. Management Subunit A.1: area described as south of a line beginning at a point 35° 53.1720’ N – 75° 45.6160’ W on the mainland shore near Manns Harbor; running easterly along the south side of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge, continuing easterly along the south side of the Washington Baum Bridge to a point ending at 35° 54.3820’N – 75° 35.9240’W on the Outer Banks shore.
C. Management Unit A- Oregon Inlet Corridor: the area in Oregon Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Old House Channel at 35° 46.3000’N – 75° 35.0970’W, then following the channel in a northeasterly direction to Marker #53 at 35° 47.2157’N – 75° 34.4264’W, then running easterly to Marker #13 near Oregon Inlet Fishing Center harbor entrance at 35° 47.7076’N – 75° 32.9762’W, then running southerly to a point at the Oregon Inlet Bridge in the middle of Oregon Inlet at 35° 46.3000’N – 75° 32.1696’W, then in a westerly direction to the point of beginning.
II. GILL NET RESTRICTIONS
A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net restrictions specified for the following areas:
A. It is unlawful to use gill nets (including multi-panel trammel gill nets) in Management Unit A except as described in Section III.
B. It is unlawful to use any gill nets (including those described in Section III.) in the area southwest of a line from Black Walnut Point 35° 59.3833’ N - 76° 41.0060’ W; running southeasterly to a point 35° 56.3333’ N - 76° 36.0333’ W at the mouth of Mackey’s Creek, including Roanoke, Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.
III. GEAR EXEMPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR RUN-AROUND, STRIKE, DROP, DRIFT AND MULTI-PANEL TRAMMEL 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. B. It is unlawful to use drift gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters portion of the Roanoke, Middle, Eastmost, Cashie, Chowan and Meherrin rivers and all other joint water tributaries of the Albemarle Sound Management Area as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15 NCAC 03R. 0201.
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.
C. It is unlawful to use run-around, strike, drift, drop and multi-panel trammel gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 inches and greater than 4 inches.
D. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 800 yards of run-around, strike, drift, drop and multi-panel trammel gill net per commercial fishing operation.