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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-25-2015

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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 D1 and D2 as described in Section II. A. and 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.
B. 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.

V. 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 D1, D2, and E as described in Section II. A., B., and C.

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 Unit D2 and E as described in Section II. B. and C.:

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.

VI. ADDITIONAL AREA RESTRICTIONS
It is unlawful to use unattended gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 4 inches through November 30, 2015 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.

VII. SEA TURTLE AND ATLANTIC STURGEON INTERACTION REPORTING
It is unlawful to fail to report any sea turtle or sturgeon captured in anchored gill nets. Reports shall be made within 24 hours of the capture to the Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632. Self-reported takes of sea turtles and sturgeon by fishermen fishing without an observer do not count toward the allowable takes in the Incidental Take Permits.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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