RE: GILL NETS - ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA
Dr. Louis B. Daniel, III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 9:00 A.M., Thursday, February 2, 2012, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA.
I. AREA DESCRIPTION:
Albemarle Sound Management Area as described in Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03R.0201 (a).
II. NET RESTRICTIONS:
Only gill nets meeting the specified mesh lengths may be used in the described areas. A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net restrictions specified for the following areas:
Albemarle Sound, Currituck Sound, Croatan Sound and Roanoke Sound and their Joint Water Tributaries
A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh length of six (6) inches or greater.
B. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a mesh size length less than 3 ¼ inches.
C. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¼ inches shall not exceed 800 yards in length.
D. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 ¼ inches and larger shall not exceed 1,000 yards, except as provided in Section II.E.
E. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 ½ 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. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 ½ inches and larger shall not exceed 1,000 yards in length combined for a fishing operation.
F.No gill nets may be used in the area southwest of a line from Black Walnut Point 35° 59.3833’N - 76° 41.0060’W; running 138° (M) 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.
G. Gill nets with a mesh length greater than 3 ¼ inches and less than 5 ¼ inches shall not be used, except as described in II.H.
H. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¾ and 4 inches may be used east of a line from Baum Point 35° 55.1602’N – 75° 39.5736’W to Rhodoms Point 36° 00.2146’N – 75° 43.6399’W and east of a line from Eagleton Point 36° 01.3178’N – 75° 43.6585’W to Long Point 36° 02.4971’N – 75° 44.2261’W at the mouth of Kitty Hawk Bay. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¾ and 4 inches may also be used south of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge (Highway 64/264) at Manns Harbor. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¼, 3 ¾, and 4 inches shall not exceed 800 yards in any combination in this area.
III. DRIFT GILL NETS
No gill nets may be used in the joint waters of Roanoke, Middle, Eastmost and Cashie rivers. No drift gill nets may be used in the Chowan and Meherrin rivers.
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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0103, 03Q .0107(c); 03M 0202 and 03M .0513.
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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to allow directed fisheries for mullet, white perch, hickory shad and flounder while managing the Albemarle Sound Management Area striped bass with the quota established by the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the river herring stocks under a no harvest measure in the North Carolina River Herring FMP, and controlling the bycatch of striped bass in directed gill net fisheries.
D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-4-2012, dated January 26, 2012.
January 31, 2012
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