RE: RULE SUSPENSION - GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS – OPENING MANAGEMENT UNITS B AND D1
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 4:12 P.M., Monday, November 2, 2015, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets south of Management Unit A (south of 35° 46.3000’ N latitude):
I. SUSPENSION OF A PORTION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION 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. AREA DESCRIPTIONS (See maps):
It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches in Internal Coastal Waters except those described below (areas not listed below are closed to gill nets (including multi-panel trammel gill nets) with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches; except as described in Section III.):
A. Management Unit B: Subunits listed below within the Internal Coastal Waters, bounded on the north by 35°46.3000’ N latitude, on the south by 34°48.2700’ N latitude which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”, and on the west by 76° 30.0000’ W longitude.