III. GEAR RESTRICTIONS:
Large mesh gill nets are defined in this proclamation as those gill nets with stretched mesh of 5 ½ inches and greater. Small mesh gill nets are defined as those gill nets with stretched mesh less than 5 inches. Gill nets with a stretched mesh length 5 inches or greater and less than 5 ½ inches are prohibited from April 15 through December 15 in accordance with N.C. Fisheries Rule 15 A NCAC 3J .0103 (a)(2).
A. SGNRA1, SGNRA2, SGNRA3, SGNRA4, and MGNRA
1. From 12:01 A.M. on October 15, 2012 through November 30, 2012, fishing operations will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 yards of large mesh gill net and a maximum of 2,000 yards of small mesh gill net. This applies to operations fishing in SGNRA1, SGNRA2, SGNRA3, SGNRA4, and MGNRA or any combination of these areas.
2. From 12:01 A.M. on Octoberber 15, 2012 through November 30, 2012, the use of large mesh commercial gill nets in SGNRA1, SGNRA2, SGNRA3, and SGNRA4 will require a PSGNRA Permit (as outlined below). No permit will be required to fish in the MGNRA. >
B. Inlet Corridors (OC, HC, OIC)
1. From 5:33 P.M. on October 15, 2012 through November 30, 2012, the use of large mesh gill nets in any of the corridors is prohibited. Commercial fishing operations using small mesh gill nets will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 yards.
IV. GILL NET RESTRICTIONS:
A. It is unlawful to use more than 200 yards of gill net in one continuous line.
B. It is unlawful to use more than one 200 yard section of gill net without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.
C. If the 200-yard sections of net are connected, then a single yellow buoy is required to be placed at each end of the break between sections of net. The buoys must conform to the size and construction requirements in N.C. Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 (c).