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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-27-2016

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M-27-2016

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS – OPEN MANAGEMENT UNIT C

This Proclamation opens Management Unit C to the use of all gill nets (small and large mesh).

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 5:56 P.M., Monday December 5, 2016 the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets south of Management Unit A (south of 35° 46.3000’ N latitude):

I. AREA DESCRIPTIONS (See map):
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 with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches; except as described in Section II.; SEE SECTION V. FOR ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS):

A. Management Unit C: all Internal Coastal Waters in the Pamlico, Pungo, Bay and Neuse river drainages and Internal Coastal Waters of Pamlico Sound west of 76° 30.0000’ W (See Map).

B. Management Unit D1: encompasses all estuarine waters south of 34° 48.2700’N and east of a line running from 34° 40.6750’N – 76° 37.0000’W to 34° 42.4800’N – 76° 37.0000’W then to the head of Turner Creek, and northerly up the western shoreline of the North River. Management Unit D1 includes Southern Core Sound, Back Sound, and North River.

C. Management Unit D2: all Internal Coastal Waters west of a line running from 34° 40.6750’ N – 76° 37.0000’ W to 34° 42.4800’ N – 76° 37.0000’ W then to the head of Turner Creek, and northerly up the western shoreline of the North River; and east of the NC HWY 58 Bridge. Management Unit D2 includes Newport River (including the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Harlowe Creek up to NC HWY 101 Bridge) and Bogue Sound.

D. Management Unit E: all Internal Coastal Waters south and west of the NC HWY 58 Bridge to the North Carolina/South Carolina state line. This includes the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and adjacent sounds and the New, Cape Fear, Lockwood Folly, White Oak, and Shallotte Rivers.

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.
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