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M-44-2014

PROCLAMATION

RE:GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA- MANAGEMENT UNIT A

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01A.M., Monday, December 1, 2014, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:

I. MANAGEMENT UNITA DESCRIPTION AND AREA RESTRICTIONS

Management Unit A: encompasses all Internal Coastal Waters bound on the south by 35° 46.3000’N latitude and on the north by the North Carolina/Virginia state line. This includes Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries.

It is unlawful to use gill nets 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.

II. GILL NET ATTENDANCE,MESH AND CONFIGURATIONRESTRICTIONS

A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 inches.

B. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 3 ¼ inches and less than 5 ½ inches except, in the area of Management Unit A south of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and the Washington Baum Bridge gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 3 inches through 4 inches may be used.

C. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches and greater.

D. It is unlawful to fail to actively fish gill net sets at least once during a 24 hour period no later than noon each day.

III. GILL NET YARDAGE RESTRICTIONS

A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net yardage restrictions specified:

It is unlawful to use more than 800 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 3 through 4 inches in any combination per commercial fishing operation.

IV. DRIFT GILL NETS

It is unlawful to use drift gill nets 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 as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15 NCAC 03R. 0201.

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