RE: GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: ATLANTIC COAST SHORELINE OF NORTH CAROLINA
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Sunday, September 15, 2013, the following provisions shall apply to the use of small mesh gill nets:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
The Atlantic Ocean within100 yards of the shoreline seaward of the COLREGS demarcation line at any tide in the two areas described below:
A. South of the North Carolina/Virginia border at latitude line 36° 33.0167’ N to a line beginning at a point 34° 35.6000’ N – 76° 32.1300’ W at Cape Lookout; running easterly to a point 34° 35.6000’ N - 76° 31.8000’ W; and
B. West and south of the 77° 06.0000’ W longitude line on the west end of Bogue Banks to the 34° 04.3833’ N latitude line near the northern end of Carolina Beach.(See Map)
II. GEAR RESTRICTIONS
The following restriction applies to the use of small mesh gill nets in the area described above:
A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length less than or equal to five inches (stretched mesh) within 100 yards of shore at any tide.
B. Strike nets are exempt from this restriction.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G. S. 113-134; 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0103.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to attempt to reduce interactions with bottlenose dolphins in nearshore ocean waters. The shoreline between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet and from Carolina Beach Inlet to the North Carolina/South Carolina border is exempt from these restrictions at this time.
D. The restrictions in this proclamation apply to gill nets used by Recreational Commercial Gear License holders as well as Standard and Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License holders.
September 10, 2013