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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-22-2016

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II. GEAR EXEMPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR RUN-AROUND, STRIKE, DROP, AND DRIFT GILL NETS

A. Exempted gear definitions:
1. Runaround, strike, or drop 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, and drop 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, and drop 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, and drift gill nets are exempt from the restrictions specified in Sections III., IV. and VI.

III. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS
During times (see Section IV.) and in Management Units indicated (see Section I.) 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 Subunits ONLY as described in Section I. A (1-6).:
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 D1 and D2 as described in Section I.B and I. 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 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 I.D.:

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.

 

IV. GILL NET SETTING TIME REQUIREMENTS
It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches 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:

Management Unit B (Subunits ONLY), D1, D2, and E as described in Section I. A., B., C. and D.:

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.

Additional overnight soak period is permitted in Management Units D2 and E as described in Section I. C. and D.:

5. 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.

V. ADDITIONAL AREA RESTRICTIONS - MANAGEMENT UNIT E, MANAGEMENT SUBUNIT B.1., AND MANAGEMENT UNIT C

A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches (except as described in Section II.) in the following portions of Management Unit E:
1. Cape Fear River and its tributaries north of the Railroad Bridge described as a line running from a point on the west shore at 34° 15.5760’ N - 77°59.3000’ W; running easterly to a point on the east shore at 34°15.6270’ N - 77° 59.2300’ W.
2. Northeast Cape Fear River and its tributaries north of the Interstate 140 Bridge described as a line running from a point on the west shore at 34° 17.9430’ N - 77° 57.5540’ W to a point on the east shore at 34° 18.1320’ N - 77° 57.3790’ W.
B. It is unlawful to use unattended gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 4 inches through November 30, 2016 in Management Subunit B.1.: described as an area within the boundary described by a point beginning at 35° 46.3000’ N – 75° 32.1696’ W, the northeastern most boundary point of Management Unit B at Oregon Inlet running westerly to a point 35° 46.3000’ N – 75° 37.4665’ W and running southeasterly to a point 35° 44.1710’ N – 75° 31.0520’ W on the north point of Eagle Nest Bay.

C. It is unlawful to use gill nets (large or small) in Management Unit C (except as described in Section II.). Management Unit C is described as follows: Pamlico, Pungo, Bay and Neuse river drainages and Internal Coastal Waters of Pamlico Sound west of 76° 30.0000’ W (See map).
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