RE: STOP NETS – MULLET BEACH SEINE FISHERY - ATLANTIC OCEAN – CARTERET COUNTY- SEASON EXTENSION
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, December 3, 2015, net restrictions as indicated below will apply to the use of stop nets in the mullet beach seine fishery:
It is unlawful to use stop net(s) except from 12:01 A.M., December 3, 2015 through midnight, December 17, 2015.
II. NET RESTRICTIONS:
A. A stop net is defined as a stationary net (not intended to gill fish) whose purpose is to impede the progress of schooling fish so that they can be harvested with a seine.
B. It is unlawful to use more than two stop nets between Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Inlet at any one time.
C. It is unlawful for a combined fishing operation to use more than two stop nets at any one time.
D. It is unlawful for a stop net to exceed 400 yards in length.
E. It is unlawful to use a stop net within 880 yards of an existing stop net.
F. It is unlawful to use a stop net unless it is constructed of webbing with a mesh length greater than six (6) inches in the 100 yards of stop net closest to the ocean beach and with a mesh length less than or equal to four (4) inches in the remainder of the stop net.
It is unlawful to use stop nets except in the Atlantic Ocean on Bogue Banks, Carteret County, between Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Inlet. Stop nets are prohibited in the following areas on Bogue Banks:
A. From Beaufort Inlet to the western boundary of Fort Macon State Park at 34° 41.6666’N – 76° 42.0500’ W.
IV. GENERAL INFORMATION:
B. In an area beginning at the Oceanana Fishing Pier at 34° 41.6810’N – 76° 43.6192’W and running easterly to a point one half mile east at 34° 41.6847’N – 76° 43.0985’W.
C. In an area beginning at the Sheraton Fishing Pier at 34° 41.7022' N - 76° 46.8752’ W; running easterly to a point one half mile east at 34° 41.7042' N - 76° 46.3460' W.
D. In an area beginning at the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier at 34° 39.4760' N - 77° 01.9945' W; running easterly to a point one half mile east at 34° 39.5720’ N - 77° 01.4695' W.
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 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 03M .0502.
B. It is unlawful to violate 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 establish/extend the season, specify net restrictions and define areas in which stop nets may be used during the 2015 beach seine mullet fishery. Stop nets are prohibited in Fort Macon State Park and within one half mile of the three remaining ocean fishing piers. The National Marine Fisheries Service and their Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Team requested the stop net mesh length restriction in Section II.F to reduce stop net interactions with bottlenose dolphins in nearshore ocean waters.
D. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.
E. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net.
F. Fishermen are reminded that a National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Authorization Registration is required in this fishery and can be obtained by contacting NMFS at 301-427-8000.
G. This proclamation extends the stop net beach seine fishery and describes gear restrictions for that fishery from December 3, 2015 through December 17, 2015 in the specified Atlantic Ocean areas of Carteret County.
November 30, 2015