RE: GILL NETS - BOGUE BANKS
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, December 3, 2015, the following restrictions shall apply to the gill net and stop net fisheries off Bogue Banks:
Gill net requirements in this proclamation apply only in the Atlantic Ocean off Bogue Banks within 250 yards of the ocean beach from the western boundary of Fort Macon State Park, west to Bogue Inlet.
Gill net restrictions shall apply from 12:01 A.M., Thursday, December 3, 2015 through midnight, Thursday, December 17, 2015 and shall end at that time by this proclamation.
III. NET RESTRICTIONS
A. It is unlawful for a gill net to be set within a zone measuring 660 yards east of a deployed stop net as measured from where the stop net connects to shore and 250 yards south of the mean high water mark as measured along the adjacent 660 yard dimension (see Section IV. C. below for restrictions on gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than or equal to five inches).
IV. GENERAL INFORMATION
B. It is unlawful for stop net crews to fail to mark the 660 yard zone with two stakes on shore set so as to indicate a range line (one near the high water mark and one in line with it further onshore).
C. It is unlawful for stop net crews to fail to mark the prohibited gill net zone with three (3) orange floatation buoys. One buoy is required at the end of the stop net, one is required 250 yards offshore at a distance of 660 yards from where the stop net reaches shore (directly offshore of the range stakes). The last orange buoy is to be placed 250 yards offshore midway between the two previously described buoys. The buoys and stakes are required to have reflective tape attached to them.
D. It is unlawful to use or set gill nets within 250 yards of an ocean fishing pier.
E. The unauthorized removal or absence of marking buoys shall not serve to open the 660 by 250 yard zone east of the deployed stop net.
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 03J .0103.
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. Proclamation M-20-2014 prohibits the setting of gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than or equal to five inches in the Atlantic Ocean within 100 yards seaward of the shoreline at any tide and the COLREGS demarcation lines; from the North Carolina-Virginia border to the North Carolina-South Carolina border.
D. The intent of this proclamation is to implement an agreement reached between stop net and gill net fishermen to address user conflicts in the described area during the peak fall fishing season.
E. 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.
F. Contact 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 http://ncmarinefisheries.net.
G. This proclamation sets restrictions for the extended gill net and stop net fisheries off of Bogue Banks December 3, 2015 through December 17, 2015.
November 30, 2015