III. DRIFT GILL NETS
Drift gill nets may not be used in the Joint Fishing Waters portion of the Roanoke, Middle, Eastmost, Cashie, Chowan and Meherrin rivers and all other joint water tributaries of the Albemarle Sound Management Area.
IV. 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 Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0103, 03Q .0107(c); and 03M .0202.
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. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0113 specifies that it is unlawful for any licensee under Chapter 113, Subchapter IV of the General Statutes to refuse to allow the Fisheries Director or his agents to obtain biological data, harvest information, or other statistical data necessary or useful to the conservation and management of marine and estuarine resources from fish in the licensee’s possession. The Division of Marine Fisheries has implemented an observer program as an inspection procedure to obtain such data.
D. Holders of Recreational Commercial License must adhere to the recreational net length and creel restrictions in accordance with Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 03O .0302 and 03O.0303.
E. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-15-2013, dated May 13, 2013. It removes small mesh gill net attendance requirements in the Albemarle Sound Management Area. It maintains the 2,000 yard maximum yardage of large mesh gill nets in the Albemarle Sound Management Area and the requirement to be present at the nets in those areas at least once a day by noon.
November 13, 2013