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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation M-60-2012

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 ¼ inches shall not be used.
2. Gill nets with a mesh length of 3 ¼ inches shall not exceed 800 yards in any combination.
3. Gill nets with a mesh length greater than 3 ¼ inches and less than 5 ½ inches shall not be used.
4. Gill nets with a mesh length larger than 6 ½ inches shall not be used.
5. 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.
6. Gill nets with a mesh length of 5 ½ inches and larger can only be used as described in II.B.5. and may not exceed 2,000 yards combined.
7. It is unlawful to use large mesh gill nets (defined as 5 ½ inches to 6 ½ 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.

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.

 

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