RE: LARGE MESH GILL NETS: SOUTHERN CORE SOUND, BACK SOUND, THE STRAITS, AND NORTH RIVER
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 7:19 P.M. Monday, October 3, 2011, the following provisions shall apply to the use of large mesh gill nets:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
SOUTHERN CORE SOUND, BACK SOUND, THE STRAITS, NORTH RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES –The area bound in the north by a line at latitude 34° 48.2660’ N which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks easterly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”, bound in the south by a line at longitude 76° 36.9972’ W, which runs from a point on Shackleford Banks northerly to Lennoxville Point, then to the head of Turner Creek, and northerly up the western side of North River, and bound in the east by the COLREGS demarcation line at Barden Inlet including southern Core Sound, Back Sound The Straits, North River and all tributaries.
II. GILL NET RESTRICTIONS AND EXEMPTION
A. The area described in I. above will re-open to the use of large mesh gill nets (defined as 4 inches to 6½ inches stretched mesh, inclusive) from one hour before sunset, Monday, October 3, 2011.
B. Large mesh gill nets (defined as 4 inches to 6½ inches stretched mesh, inclusive) are required to be set in accordance with restrictions found in Proclamation M-30-2011, dated September 13, 2011.
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. Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0101 and .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. Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to re-open the designated area to the use of large mesh gill nets closed in July due to the number of observed sea turtle interactions.
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.
E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-24-2011, dated July 14, 2011, which closed the area.
September 13, 2011
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