RE: POUND NET SET ATTENDANCE PERIOD
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 11:00 A.M. Sunday, October 13, 2013, the following restrictions will apply to pound net sets:
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 westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”, bound in the west by a line at longitude 76° 36.9972’ W, which runs northerly from a point on Shackleford Banks 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 (Area D1).
II. POUND NET SET ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
A. It is unlawful for pound net set permittees or their representatives to fail to be present at their pound net sets in the area described in I. above at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day. This restriction is in place from 11:30 A.M. October 13, 2013 to 6:00 P.M. October 27, 2013 in the area described in I. above.
B. Permit holders with multiple sets or other situations that may require coordination to comply with enforcement of the provision in II.A. shall call N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Communications at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 to address those situations.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION
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 Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03I .0107.
C. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
D. This action is being taken as a result of sea turtle interactions in pound nets in this portion of Core Sound. It is a two week requirement to check pound net sets daily in southern Core Sound (Area D1) to reduce sea turtle interactions.
October 11, 2013