RE: GILL NETS — ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA- MANAGEMENT UNIT A- OPEN LARGE MESH GILL NETS IN WESTERN ALBEMARLE SOUND
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, December 7, 2015, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:
I. MANAGEMENT UNIT A- DESCRIPTION AND SPECIFIC AREA RESTRICTIONS
Management Unit A: encompasses all Internal Coastal Waters bound on the south by 35° 46.3000’ N latitude to the North Carolina/Virginia state line. This includes Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries.
A. It is unlawful to use ANY gill nets (including those described in Section IV.) in the area southwest of a line from Black Walnut Point 35° 59.3833’ N - 76° 41.0060’ W; running southeasterly to a point 35° 56.3333’ N - 76° 36.0333’ W at the mouth of Mackey’s Creek, including Roanoke, Cashie, Middle and Eastmost Rivers.
B. It is unlawful to use gill nets, including multi-panel trammel gill nets (except as described in Section IV.) in the Internal Coastal Waters of Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke Sounds bounded to the north by a line beginning at a point 35º 57.5590’ N - 75º56.8200’ W on Sound Point; running northeasterly to a point 36º 04.8280’ N - 75º 47.4050’ W on the western end of the Highway 158 Wright Memorial Bridge; then running easterly along the south side of the bridge to a point 36º 05.5770’ N - 75º 44.5850’ W on the eastern end of the bridge; and bounded to the south by 35º 46.3000’ N latitude.
C. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches except in the Internal Coastal Waters of western Albemarle Sound (and its joint water tributaries) west of line beginning at a point 35° 56.7196’ N - 76º 18.8964’ W at Mill Point (eastern shore at the mouth of Scuppernong River) running northerly to a point 36° 05.9669’N - 76º 18.1791’ at Harvey Point (western shore at the mouth of Perquimans River) ONLY; additional restrictions for these mesh sizes in this area are in Section V.
II. GILL NET ATTENDANCE, MESH AND CONFIGURATION RESTRICTIONS
A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net restrictions specified:
A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 inches and greater than 3 ¼ inches (except as described in Section IV).
B. It is unlawful to fail to actively fish gill net sets with a stretched mesh length of 3 inches through 3 ¼ inches at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.