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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-30-2013

Marine Fisheries

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B. Ocracoke Corridor (OC)
The area in Ocracoke Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point at 35° 07.9390’N- 76° 03.8080’W, then running northeasterly near Marker #9 at Nine Foot Shoal Entrance at 35° 08.4411’N- 76° 02.6848’W, then running northeasterly near Marker “14 BF” at 35° 09.3627’N- 76° 00.6259’W, then running southeast near Marker #7 at the mouth of Silver Lake at 35° 06.9091’N- 75° 59.3882’W, then following the shoreline southwesterly to a point at the north side of Ocracoke Inlet at 35° 04.4200’N- 75° 59.9245’W, then crossing the inlet to a point on Portsmouth Island at 35° 03.7014’N- 76° 02.2595’W, then in a northerly direction to a point on Beacon Island at 35° 05.9352N- 76° 02.7408’W, then running in a northwesterly direction to the point of beginning.

C. Hatteras Corridor (HC)
The area in Hatteras Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point at 35° 13.4489’N- 75° 47.5531’W, running east to the site of an old platform at 35° 14.0100’N- 75° 45.8097’W, then running northeast near Marker “42 RC” at the mouth of Hatteras Channel at 35° 16.7617’N- 75° 44.2341’W, then following the channel near Marker “HR” at 35° 13.3152’N- 75° 41.6694’W, then following the shoreline to a point on the north side of Hatteras Inlet at 35° 11.3408’N- 75° 44.9907’W, then crossing the inlet to the south side to a point on Ocracoke Island at 35° 11.0793’N- 75° 45.9645’W, then following the shoreline northwest to a point northwest of the Ocracoke/Hatteras ferry terminal at 35° 11.5985’N- 75° 47.0768’W, then running in a northerly direction to the point of beginning.

D. Oregon Inlet Corridor (OIC)
The area in Oregon Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker #12 at Old House Channel at 35° 45.0883’N- 75° 35.9600’W, then following the channel in a northeasterly direction to a point near Marker #53 at 35° 47.2157’N- 75° 34.4264’W, then running easterly near Marker #13 near Oregon Inlet Fishing Center harbor entrance at 35° 47.7076’N – 75° 32.9762’W, then running southerly to a point on the south side of Oregon Inlet at 35° 46.0500’N- 75° 31.6166’W, then running in a southerly direction along the shoreline to a point at 35° 41.0000’N- 75° 29.3271’W, then running west to a point at 35° 41.0000’N- 75° 33.8397’W, then in a northerly direction to the point of beginning.

III. EXEMPTION FOR RUN-AROUND, STRIKE OR DROP NETS
A run-around, strike or drop net that is used to surround a school of fish and then is immediately retrieved is exempted from the restrictions in this proclamation.

IV. GEAR RESTRICTIONS REQUIRED BY NMFS INCIDENTAL TAKE PERMIT NO. 16230
Large mesh gill nets are defined in this proclamation as those gill nets with stretched mesh of 4 inches and greater. Small mesh gill nets are defined as those gill nets with stretched mesh less than 4 inches. Gill nets with a mesh size 5 inches or greater and less than 5 ½ inches are prohibited from April 15 through December 15 in accordance with N.C. Fisheries Rule 15 A NCAC 3J .0103 (a)(2).

A. SGNRA1, SGNRA2, SGNRA3, SGNRA4, and MGNRA
1. From one hour before sunset on September 30, 2013 through November 30, 2013, fishing operations will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 yards of large mesh gill net and a maximum of 2,000 yards of small mesh gill net. This applies to operations fishing in SGNRA1, SGNRA2, SGNRA3, SGNRA4, and MGNRA or any combination of these areas.
B. Inlet Corridors (OC, HC, OIC)
1. From one hour before sunset on September 30, 2013 through November 30, 2013, the use of large mesh gill nets in any of the corridors is prohibited. Commercial fishing operations using small mesh gill nets will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 yards.
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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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