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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-35-2013

Marine Fisheries

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B. Area of eastern/southern Albemarle Sound Management Area described in I.B. above
1. Gill nets with a mesh length less than 3 shall not be used.

2. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 and 3 1/4 inches shall not exceed 800 yards in any combination.

3. Gill nets with a mesh length 3 1/4 inches and less than 5 ½ inches shall not be used.

4. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 1/2 inches and larger are required to be equipped with tie downs spaced no farther apart than 10 yards, restricting the vertical distance between the top and bottom lines to 48 inches or less unless they are equipped with floats that do not exceed 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches in length placed a minimum of 10 yards apart, not to exceed 11 floats per 100 yards of net. Gill nets must be set so as to fish the bottom not to exceed a vertical height of 48 inches.

5. Gillnets with a mesh length of 5 1/2 inches and larger can only be used as described in II.B.4. and may not exceed 2,000 yards combined.

6. Gill nets with a mesh length larger than 6 1/2 inches shall not be used.

7. It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 5 ½ inches to 6 ½ inches stretched mesh inclusive) of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottomline. It is unlawful to use corks, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of large mesh gill net without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.

8. It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 5 1/2 inches to 6 1/2 inches stretched mesh inclusive) for daytime sets other than during the setting and retrieval periods specified in the area described in I.B. above. Only single night overnight soaks are permitted, and are only lawful if set and retrieved as follows:
a. Nets set for Tuesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Monday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Tuesday.
b. Nets set for Wednesday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Tuesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Wednesday.
c. Nets set for Thursday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Wednesday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Thursday.
d. Nets for Friday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Thursday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Friday.
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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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