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 Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, February 15, 2016the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in Internal Coastal Waters south of Management Unit A (south of 35° 46.3000’ N latitude):

 

 

I.    SUSPENSION OF A PORTION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03J .0103

 

      The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 is suspended:

     Section (i) (1), which reads:

(i)     For gill nets with a mesh length five inches or greater, it is unlawful:

(1) To use more than 3,000 yards of gill net per vessel in internal waters regardless of the

                        number of individuals involved. 

The provisions below in this proclamation shall be complied with at all times.

 

II.   AREA DESCRIPTIONS:

 

It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches in Internal Coastal Waters except those described below.  Areas not listed below are closed to gill nets (including trammel gill nets) with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches; except as described in Section IV.:

 

A.    Management Unit B: Internal Coastal Waters, bounded on the north by 35°46.3000’N latitude which runs approximately from the north end of Pea Island (old Coast Guard station) westerly to a point on the shore at Point Peter Canal, on the south by 34°48.2700’N latitude which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”, and on the west by 76° 30.0000’W longitude.

 

B.  Management Unit C:  Pamlico, Pungo, Bay and Neuse river drainages and Internal Coastal Waters of            Pamlico Sound west of 76° 30.0000’W.

 

C.  Management Unit D1: encompasses all estuarine waters south of 34° 48.2700’N and east of a line   running from 34° 40.6750’N – 76° 37.0000’W to 34° 42.4800’N – 76° 37.0000’W then to the head of       Turner Creek, and northerly up the western shoreline of the North River. Management Unit D1 includes       Southern Core Sound, Back Sound, and North River.

 

D. Management Unit D2: all Internal Coastal Waters west of a line running from 34° 40.6750’ N – 76°           37.0000’ W to 34° 42.4800’ N – 76° 37.0000’ W then to the head of Turner Creek, and northerly up the        western shoreline of the North River; and east of the NC Hwy 58 Bridge. Management Unit D2 includes

      Newport River (including the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Harlowe Creek up to NC Hwy 101 Bridge) and Bogue Sound.

 

E.   Management Unit E:  all internal Coastal Waters south and west of the Highway 58 Bridge to the North      Carolina/South Carolina state line.  This includes the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and adjacent sounds    and the New, Cape Fear, Lockwood Folly, White Oak, and Shallotte rivers.

 

 

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III.   AREA EXEMPTIONS AND EFFECTIVE TIME AND DATE FOR GEAR RESTRICTIONS FOR      

      THE SHAD FISHERY IN EXEMPTED AREAS

 

A. The following portions of Management Unit E are exempt from the restrictions listed in Section V. and VI., EFFECTIVE 12:01 A.M. Monday, February 22, 2016:

 

            1.   Cape Fear River and its tributaries north of the Railroad Bridge described as a line running from a                                  point on the west shore at 34° 15.5760’ N - 77°59.3000’ W; running easterly to a point on the east                          shore at 34°15.6270’ N - 77° 59.2300’ W.

             2.   Northeast Cape Fear River and its tributaries north of the Highway 17 Bridge described as a line                           running from a point on the west shore at 34° 17.9430’ N - 77° 57.5540’ W to a point on the east                                   shore at 34° 18.1320’ N - 77° 57.3790’ W.

 

B.  Upon effective date and time indicated in III. A. above for portions of Management Unit E described in Section III. A.1. and 2.:

      1.  It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4           inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.

      2.  It is unlawful for gill net soak times to exceed 12 hours.

 

IV.  GEAR EXEMPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR RUN-AROUND, STRIKE, DROP, TRAMMEL, AND DRIFT GILL NETS

 

A.    Exempted gear definitions (including trammel gill nets):

1.     Runaround, strike, drop, or trammel gill nets - gill nets that are set and then are immediately retrieved.

2.   Drift gill nets - gill nets that are used to capture fish while being moved along by water currents and the net being actively fished and attended from deployment through retrieval.

 

B.    It is unlawful to use run-around, strike, drift, drop and trammel gill nets with a stretched mesh length

6 ½ inches and greater.

 

C.    It is unlawful to use or possess more than 800 yards of run-around, strike, drop and trammel gill net per commercial fishing operation.

 

D.    It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of drift gill net per commercial fishing operation.

 

E.    Run-around, strike, drop, drift and trammel gill nets are exempt from the restrictions specified in Sections V., VI. and VII.

 

V. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS

During times (see Section VI.) and in Management Units indicated (see Section II.) it is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches unless they comply with the following provisions:

 

A.    Management Unit B as described in Section II. A

1.     It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.

2.     It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification.

3.     It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.

 

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4.     It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.

 

B.  Management Unit C as described in Section II.B:

1.   It is unlawful to use or possess more than 2,000 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.

2.  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.

 

C.  Management Unit D1 and D2 as described in Section II. C. and D.:

      1.  It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more than                    

          15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.

2.  It is unlawful to use cork, floats, or other buoys except those required for identification.

3.  It is unlawful to use or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4

     inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.               

4.  It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through

     6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.    

 

D. Management Unit E as described in Section II. E. (except for the exempted areas described in                                                      

     Section III. A.):

1. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches of more

    than 15 meshes in height and without a lead core or leaded bottom line.

2. It is unlawful to use or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4

    inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.

3. It is unlawful to set more than 100 yards of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches

                through 6 ½ inches without leaving a space of at least 25 yards between separate lengths of net.

 

VI. GILL NET SETTING TIME REQUIREMENTS

It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches for daytime sets other than during the setting and retrieval periods specified below.  Only single night overnight soaks are permitted, and are only lawful if set and retrieved as follows (except for the exempted portions of Management Unit E described in Section III. A. 1 and 2):

 

Management Unit B, D1, D2, and E as described in Section II. A., C., D., and E.

1.     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.

2.     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.

3.     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.

4.     Nets set 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.

 

Additional overnight soak period is permitted in Management Unit D2 and E as described in Section II. D. and E.:

 

5.     Nets set for Monday retrieval may be set no sooner than one hour before sunset on Sunday and must be retrieved no later than one hour after sunrise on Monday.

 

 

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VII. SEA TURTLE AND ATLANTIC STURGEON INTERACTION REPORTING

 

      It is unlawful to fail to report any sea turtle or sturgeon captured in anchored gill nets.  Reports shall be made within 24 hours of the capture to the Division of Marine Fisheries at (252) 726-7021 or 1 (800) 682-2632. Self-reported takes of sea turtles and sturgeon by fishermen fishing without an observer do not count toward the allowable takes in the Incidental Take Permits.

 

VIII. GENERAL INFORMATION

 

A.   This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-134; 113-182; 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0103.

 

B.    It is unlawful to violate the 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.

 

  1. The restrictions in this proclamation apply to gill nets used by Recreational Commercial Gear License holders except the allowed yardage in Sections IV. and V.  The allowed yardage for Recreational Commercial Gear License holders is described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03O .0302.

 

D.    Proclamation M-3-2014, dated February 3, 2014 prohibits the setting of gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters of the state from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. Portions of Albemarle and Currituck sounds are exempt from that provision.

 

E.    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 Estuarine Gill Net Permit and an observer program as an inspection procedure to obtain such data.

 

  1. The small mesh gill net attendance requirements in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 (g) and (h), mesh length restrictions in 03J .0103(a)(2), navigational passage requirements in 03J .0101, as well as all other existing gill net rules and proclamations remain in effect.

 

G.    For gill net restrictions in the Albemarle Sound Area (Incidental Take Permit- Management Unit A) refer to the most recent M-type proclamations for that area.

 

  1. The Division of Marine Fisheries has received Federal Incidental Take Permits (ITP) for certain threatened or endangered sea turtles, and endangered Atlantic sturgeon. These ITPs allow the legal continuation of the inshore gill net fisheries in North Carolina, subject to permit conditions. The ITP conditions are designed to avoid, minimize and mitigate interactions with these species. Permit conditions require the division to provide 7-10 percent observer coverage in the large mesh anchored gill net fishery and 1-2 percent observer coverage in the small mesh anchored gill net fishery in internal coastal waters.  If the required coverage is not maintained, large and small mesh anchored gill nets could be prohibited in all Internal Coastal Waters.

 

  1. Proclamation M-24-2014 dated July 31, 2014 requires holders of a Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL), Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License (RSCFL), or Recreational Commercial Gear License (RCGL) who deploy gill nets in Internal Coastal Waters with an exception for run around, strike, drop or drift gill nets, to possess a valid Estuarine Gill Net Permit issued by the Division of Marine Fisheries.

 

 


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  1. Proclamation M-1-2014, dated January 16, 2014 prohibits the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches.

 

K.   In accordance with FF-3-2016 it is unlawful to possess flounder in Internal Coastal Waters taken                    from anchored large mesh gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 6 inches.  In             accordance with FF-4-2016 it is unlawful for Recreational Commercial Gear License holders to       possess flounder in anchored large mesh gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 6        inches.  These regulations are implemented in accordance with Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the

      N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.  See listed proclamations for full details.

 

L.   In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations    issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

 

M.  Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at 

www.ncmarinefisheries.net

 

 

 

 

N.  This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-35-2015, dated December 18, 2015. This       proclamation opens Management Units B and C to use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches, effective 12:01 A.M., Monday, February 15, 2016.  It also implements gear restrictions for the shad fishery in portions of Management Unit E effective 12:01 A.M., Monday, February 22, 2016.

 

February 12, 2016

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