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    Posted: 23 October 2017 at 10:10am
5 Dead Green in Unit B

13 Alive Green releases in Unit B.  At 7% coverage that would be 185 estimated takes in two weeks.

How many of these reports were made through "official" NCDMF observed trips?

How many self-reported takes did commercial fishermen make in the last two weeks?


http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/permits/permit16230_ncdmf.pdf









WEEK 41 2017   8-14 OCT 2017   Summary link
NORTH CAROLINA   STRANDINGS/COLD STUNS: 5   INCIDENTAL CAPTURES: 13
STRANDINGS        
ZONE 34        
LOGGERHEAD 10/9/2017 SEVERELY DECOMPOSED Swansboro INSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/12/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Bogue Sound INSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/13/2017 ALIVE Topsail Island, taken to KBSTRRC for rehab. INSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
LOGGERHEAD 10/8/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Ocracoke Island OFFSHORE
GREEN 10/13/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Hatteras Island OFFSHORE
         
INCIDENTAL CAPTURES        
ZONE 34        
GREEN 10/11/2017 FRESH DEAD Core Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net. INSHORE
GREEN 10/11/2017 ALIVE Core Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/11/2017 ALIVE Core Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/12/2017 ALIVE Core Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
UNIDENTIFIED 10/12/2017 ALIVE Topsail Island, Management Area E. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/12/2017 ALIVE Swansboro, Management Area E. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released INSHORE
UNIDENTIFIED 10/13/2017 ALIVE Harkers Island, Management Area D1. Entangled in small mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
GREEN 10/10/2017 FRESH DEAD Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net. INSHORE
GREEN 10/10/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/11/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/12/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in abandoned gill net. INSHORE
GREEN 10/13/2017 FRESH DEAD Core Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net. INSHORE
GREEN 10/13/2017 ALIVE Core Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE



WEEK 40 2017   1-7 OCT 2017   Summary link
NORTH CAROLINA   STRANDINGS/COLD STUNS: 8   INCIDENTAL CAPTURES: 12
STRANDINGS        
ZONE 34        
LOGGERHEAD 10/5/2017 ALIVE Bradley Creek, Wilmington. Taken to KBSTRRC for rehab, but later died. INSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
GREEN 10/1/2017 FRESH DEAD Ocracoke Island INSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/1/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Ocracoke Island INSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/7/2017 FRESH DEAD Hatteras Island OFFSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/7/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Nags Head OFFSHORE
         
ZONE 36        
LOGGERHEAD 10/2/2017 FRESH DEAD Kill Devil Hills OFFSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/2/2017 FRESH DEAD Southern Shores OFFSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/4/2017 SEVERELY DECOMPOSED Corolla OFFSHORE
         
INCIDENTAL CAPTURES        
ZONE 34        
GREEN 10/5/2017 ALIVE Masonboro Sound, Management Area E. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/6/2017 ALIVE Core Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/3/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/3/2017 FRESH DEAD Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net. INSHORE
GREEN 10/3/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/3/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/3/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/3/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/5/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/6/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
         
ZONE 36        
LOGGERHEAD 10/6/2017 ALIVE Offshore Dare County, Borrow Site A. Caught by trawler associated with dredge for Dare County nourishment project. Tagged and released. OFFSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/6/2017 ALIVE Offshore Dare County, Borrow Site A. Caught by trawler associated with dredge for Dare County nourishment project. Tagged and released. OFFSHORE



Edited by Rick - 13 November 2017 at 11:24am
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It seems nobody is paying attention. Or better yet raising hell. Continues to be a Ouch on this state.
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Recreational fishermen are NOT required to report interactions with Sea Turtles as part of the ITP  issued to gill net fishermen.  No more than pound net or shrimp trawl fishermen are required to report.

Edited by chriselk - 23 October 2017 at 8:18pm
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Originally posted by chriselk chriselk wrote:



Recreational fishermen are NOT required to report interactions with Sea Turtles as part of the ITP  issued to gill net fishermen.  No more than pound net or shrimp trawl fishermen are required to report.


Chris- Actually recreational fishermen, RCGL holders that gillnet, are required to have a gillnet permit and are also held to the same terms under the ITP as commercial fishermen.

DMF erroneously issued a statement, that was retracted, trying to tie the ITP terms to recreational anglers. Maybe that is what you're referencing.
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Yes that was it.  Thanks for clarification.  
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42 and 43 weeks below

WEEK 42 2017   15-21 OCT 2017   Summary link
NORTH CAROLINA   STRANDINGS/COLD STUNS: 3   INCIDENTAL CAPTURES: 5
STRANDINGS        
ZONE 34        
LOGGERHEAD 10/15/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Ft. Macon OFFSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/17/2017 FRESH DEAD Nags Head OFFSHORE
         
ZONE 36        
LOGGERHEAD 10/21/2017 DRIED CARCASS Carova INSHORE
         
INCIDENTAL CAPTURES        
ZONE 34        
GREEN 10/18/2017 ALIVE Harkers Island, Management Area D1. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/18/2017 ALIVE Harkers Island, Management Area D1. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
LOGGERHEAD 10/19/2017 ALIVE Western Pamlico Sound, caught in crab trawl, independent sampling. Released. INSHORE
         
ZONE 36        
LOGGERHEAD 10/15/2017 ALIVE Offshore Dare County, Borrow Site A. Caught by trawler associated with dredge for Dare County nourishment project. Tagged and released. OFFSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/20/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Albemarle Sound, entangled in discarded gill net. INSHORE



WEEK 43 2017   22-28 OCT 2017   Summary link
NORTH CAROLINA   STRANDINGS/COLD STUNS: 9   INCIDENTAL CAPTURES: 9
STRANDINGS        
ZONE 33        
GREEN 10/25/2017 SEVERELY DECOMPOSED Bald Head Island INSHORE
GREEN 10/25/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Caswell Beach INSHORE
         
ZONE 34        
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/23/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Davis INSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 10/25/2017 SEVERELY DECOMPOSED Topsail Island INSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/28/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Cape Fear River, Carolina Beach State Park. INSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
LOGGERHEAD 10/24/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Hatteras Island OFFSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/25/2017 FRESH DEAD Roanoke Sound INSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/25/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Roanoke Sound INSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/28/2017 DRIED CARCASS Island D, Roanoke Sound INSHORE
         
INCIDENTAL CAPTURES        
ZONE 34        
GREEN 10/24/2017 ALIVE Core Sound, Management Area D1. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 10/25/2017 ALIVE North River, Management Area D1. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/26/2017 ALIVE New River. Entangled in independent gill net sampling, released. INSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
LOGGERHEAD 10/22/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Pamlico Sound, entangled in pound net lead. OFFSHORE
GREEN 10/23/2017 ALIVE Jennette's pier, caught by recreational hook and line, released. OFFSHORE
GREEN 10/23/2017 ALIVE Jennette's pier, caught by recreational hook and line. Hook removed, turtle released. OFFSHORE
GREEN 10/25/2017 FRESH DEAD Roanoke Sound, Management Area A. Entangled in large mesh gill net. INSHORE
GREEN 10/26/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/26/2017 FRESH DEAD Croatan Sound, Management Area A. Entangled in large mesh gill net. INSHORE



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Week 44 below-

WEEK 44 2017   29 OCT-4 NOV 2017   Summary link
NORTH CAROLINA   STRANDINGS/COLD STUNS: 7   INCIDENTAL CAPTURES: 4
STRANDINGS        
ZONE 34        
GREEN 10/31/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Cape Lookout NS INSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 11/3/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Camp Lejeune INSHORE
GREEN 11/3/2017 FRESH DEAD Cape Lookout NS OFFSHORE
         
ZONE 35        
GREEN 10/29/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Ocracoke Island INSHORE
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/31/2017 SEVERELY DECOMPOSED Roanoke Island INSHORE
         
ZONE 36        
KEMP'S RIDLEY 10/31/2017 SEVERELY DECOMPOSED Albemarle Sound INSHORE
LOGGERHEAD 11/2/2017 MODERATELY DECOMPOSED Albemarle Sound INSHORE
         
INCIDENTAL CAPTURES        
ZONE 35        
GREEN 11/1/2017 ALIVE Western Pamlico Sound, entangled in independent gill net sampling, released. INSHORE
GREEN 11/2/2017 FRESH DEAD Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net. INSHORE
GREEN 11/2/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE
GREEN 11/2/2017 ALIVE Pamlico Sound, Management Area B. Entangled in large mesh gill net, released. INSHORE

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So, in a five week period in Management Unit B, there have been-

6 dead Green in large mesh gill nets

and

16 alive Green in large mesh gill nets

You statistical experts do a math check here....

Assuming 7% coverage, 16 observed live divided by 0.07 =  228.6 estimated, which exceeds 225.



The estimated live take limit is 225 and there has been no proclamation closing Unit B, so observation coverage must be higher.

8% coverage  = 18 observed live takes allowed.
9% coverage  = 20 observed live takes allowed.
10% coverage = 22 observed live takes allowed.

We have to be getting close to taking Adaptive Management and Mitigation Measures necessary to prevent violating the terms of the ITP by approaching a take limit.


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What implications flow from fresh deads in the exempted zone A? They get snarled and lay dead along the shoreline there, too.
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Originally posted by cnaff cnaff wrote:

What implications flow from fresh deads in the exempted zone A? They get snarled and lay dead along the shoreline there, too.


I don't understand your comment on "exempted zone A".

Maybe this answers your question-




While each Unit has take limits, there is also a combined total take limit-







As you can see in Table 4, Unit A is only allowed four takes dead or alive.

Here are the reports in Unit A from the five weeks of data above-




Do keep in mind that these reports do not identify which observations were "official observed trips" under the terms of the ITP.

Takes observed during official on-board or alternate platform observed trips under terms of the ITP are included in the weekly data, but so are additional reports.

How many self-reported takes have been documented during this time?  Those would also be in the weekly data.  Past years show that only 1 or 2 takes are self-reported annually, whereas there should have been hundreds.

 



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Obviously turtles only get netted while being watched. Y'all still waiting for Cooper to do anything he promised as it relates to the resource? Stop wasting your time. Easley Lite he is.
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Rick:

What I've noticed as a non-expert is WHERE most of the interactions with turtles and nets occur...which I suppose is no news to you, Chris, Chuck or others, but this is the first time I've seen such mappings (thank you for that)....It's clear from New River north thru Pamlico, Albemarle,  Currituck sounds -- home base of commercial netters -- is where the majority of "takes" are occurring......also thanks for the extrapolation to get semi-accurate total of turtle interactions with nets because that's what tells the true story of this deliberately ignored tragedy.....Is Ms. Beasley aware of this?....time for another lawsuit?Confused
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Wow…six turtles observed within 10-minutes all at the same location.

Someone explain how this works.  Did Director Davis not just blow through the allowed takes in D1 in violation of the ITP Terms?

What don’t I understand?

Five alive greens on one day, all observed trips.  I don’t think the NCDMF has greater than 10% coverage on average in the state.  From Table 1 above the Permit allows nine estimated takes in D1.  Five in one day at 10% coverage means estimated would be 50.  Is that correct?

Please, someone explain how this works.

What was the actual coverage...30% or 40% as a "hot spot".  They still exceeded the terms of the ITP and are in violation.

Oh...yeah...from the proclamation below-

This action is being taken due to allowable sea turtle take numbers being exceeded in this management unit. It maintains openings for Management Unit B Subunits SGNRA1 – 4, MGNRA, CGNRA and Management Units C, D2, and E to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches.


Maybe someone should have been taking a closer look at the Adaptive Management Measures per the terms of the ITP. 

The Permit is CLEAR!  Going over is a violation...period.

Will we go over in Management Unit B?  It looks like all it takes is one day.




http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-m-19-2017?p_p_id=56_INSTANCE_iIY1&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-2&p_p_col_count=2&page=1


M-19-2017

PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NET RESTRICTIONS: INTERNAL COASTAL WATERS – CLOSE LARGE MESH GILL NET MANAGEMENT UNIT D1

This proclamation supersedes proclamation M-17-2017 dated October 12, 2017. This proclamation closes Management Unit D1 (See map) to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches (except as described in Section III.) in accordance with the Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit.


Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 9, 2017, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets south of Management Unit A (south of 35° 46.3000’ N latitude):

I. AREA DESCRIPTIONS (See map):
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 III.; (SEE SECTION II. FOR ADDITIONAL AREA RESTRICTIONS):

A. Management Unit B: Subunits ONLY below within the 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.

Subunits in Management Unit B open to gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches are described below as: Shallow Water Gill Net Restricted Areas (SGNRA1-SGNRA4), Mainland Gill Net Restricted Areas (MGNRA) and Core Sound Gill Net Restricted Areas (CGNRA); all other areas in Management Unit B are closed: 1. SGNRA1
The area from Wainwright Island to Ocracoke Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point on Core Banks at 34° 58.7963’N - 76° 10.0013’W, running northwesterly near Marker # 2CS at the mouth of Wainwright Channel at 35° 00.2780’N - 76° 12.1682’W, then running northeasterly near Marker “HL” at 35° 01.5665’N - 76° 11.4277’W, then running northeasterly near Marker #1 at 35° 09.7058’N - 76° 04.7528’W, then running southeasterly to a point at Beacon Island at 35° 05.9352’N - 76° 02.7408’W, then running south to a point on the northeast corner of Portsmouth Island at 35° 03.7014’N - 76° 02.2595’W, then running southwesterly along the shore of Core Banks to the point of beginning.

2. SGNRA2
The area from Ocracoke Inlet to Hatteras Inlet bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker #7 at the mouth of Silver Lake at 35° 06.9091’ N - 75° 59.3882’ W, running north to a point at 35° 08.7925’ N - 76° 00.3627’ W near Big Foot Slough Entrance, then running easterly to a point at 35° 09.4994’ N - 75° 54.2943’ W, then running northeasterly to a point at 35° 11.9803’N - 75° 51.6396’ W, then running easterly to a point at 35° 13.4489’ N - 75° 47.5534’ W, then running southerly to just northwest of the Ocracoke/Hatteras Ferry terminal on the Ocracoke side at 35° 11.5985’ N - 75° 47.0768’ W, then southwesterly along the shore to the point of beginning.

3. SGNRA3
The area from Hatteras to Avon Channel bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker “HR” at 35° 13.3152 ’N - 75° 41.6694’ W, running northwest near Marker “42 RC” at Hatteras Channel at 35° 16.7617’ N - 75° 44.2341’ W, then running easterly to a point off Marker #2 at Cape Channel at 35° 19.0380’ N - 75° 36.2993’ W, then running northeasterly near Marker #1 at the Avon Channel Entrance at 35° 22.8212’ N - 75° 33.5984’ W, then running southeasterly near Marker #6 on Avon Channel at 35° 20.8224’ N - 75° 31.5708’ W, then running easterly near Marker #8 at 35° 20.9412’ N - 75° 30.9058’ W, then running to a point on shore at 35° 20.9562’ N - 75° 30.8472’ W, then following the shoreline in a southerly and westerly direction to the point of beginning.

4. SGNRA4
The area from Avon Channel to Rodanthe bound by the following points: Beginning at a point near Marker #1 at the Avon Channel Entrance at 35° 22.8212’ N - 75° 33.5984’ W, then running northerly to a point on Gull Island at 35° 28.4495’ N - 75° 31.3247’ W, then running north near Marker “ICC” at 35° 35.9891’N - 75° 31.2419’ W, then running northwesterly to a point at 35° 41.0000’ N - 75° 33.8397’ W, then running easterly to a point on shore at 35° 41.0000’ N - 75° 29.3271’ W, then following the shoreline in a southerly direction to a point on shore near Avon Harbor at 35° 20.9562’ N - 75° 30.8472’ W, then running westerly near Marker #8 at 35° 20.9412’ N -75° 30.9058’ W, then running westerly near Marker #6 on Avon Channel at 35° 20.8224’ N - 75° 31.5708’ W, then running northwesterly to the point of beginning.

5. MGNRA
The area on the mainland side of Pamlico Sound, from the shoreline of Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, and Carteret counties out to 200 yards, between 76° 30.0000’ W and 75° 42.4200’ W longitude lines.

6. CGNRA
All Internal Coastal waters south of latitude 35° 00.0000’N and north of latitude 34° 48.2700’N which runs approximately from the Club House on Core Banks westerly to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker “1”. 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 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.

D. 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.

II. ADDITIONAL AREA RESTRICTIONS - MANAGEMENT UNIT E AND MANAGEMENT SUBUNIT B. 1.

A. It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches (except as described in Section III.) in the following portions of Management Unit E:
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. It is unlawful to use unattended gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 4 inches through November 30, 2017 in Management Subunit B. 1.: described as an area within the boundary described by a point beginning at 35° 46.3000’ N – 75° 32.1696’ W, the northeastern most boundary point of Management Unit B at Oregon Inlet running westerly to a point 35° 46.3000’ N – 75° 37.4665’ W and running southeasterly to a point 35° 44.1710’ N – 75° 31.0520’ W on the north point of Eagle Nest Bay.

III. 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 5 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 IV., V. and VI.

IV. GILL NET CONSTRUCTION AND USE REQUIREMENTS
During times (see Section V.) and in Management Units indicated (see Section I.) 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 Subunits as described in Section I. 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 net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set a gill net, no more than 100 yards in length, 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, regardless of individual net length.
B. Management Unit C as described in Section I. 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 D2 as described in Section I. C:
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 net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
4. It is unlawful to set a gill net, no more than 100 yards in length, 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, regardless of individual net length.
D. Management Unit E as described in Section I. 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 or possess more than 1,000 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches per operation.
3. It is unlawful to set a gill net, no more than 100 yards in length, 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, regardless of individual net length.

V. 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:

Management Unit B (Subunits ONLY), D2, and E as described in Section I. A., C., and D.
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 Units D2 and E as described in Section I. C. and D.:
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.

VI. 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 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.

VII. 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.

C. 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.

F. 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.

H. 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.

I. The intent of this proclamation is to implement gill net restrictions that allow directed and bycatch fisheries for various species while minimizing interactions with threatened and/or endangered species.

J. The Pamlico Sound, including inlet corridors, are closed annually from September 1 through December 15 each year to large mesh gill nets by National Marine Fisheries Service, Federal Rule 50 CFR Part 223. The Sea Turtle ITP allows the division to open certain areas within the Pamlico Sound to large mesh gill nets. The open areas are outlined in Section I. of this proclamation.

K. 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.

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

M. 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-4-2017 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.

N. 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.

O. 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.

P. This proclamation supersedes proclamation M-17-2017 dated October 12, 2017. This proclamation closes Management Unit D1 (See map) to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches (except as described in Section III.) in accordance with the Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit. This action is being taken due to allowable sea turtle take numbers being exceeded in this management unit. It maintains openings for Management Unit B Subunits SGNRA1 – 4, MGNRA, CGNRA and Management Units C, D2, and E to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 4 inches through 6 ½ inches.

 

 

 

 

Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES



























Edited by Rick - 13 November 2017 at 12:57pm
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Rick, the zone legend map at top of this thread shows most of zone A as a cross-hatched waterway which is designated exempted. I, of course, was referring to that water in a "pudding" question as to why water would be exempted from takes observed. Now that I think about it, the takes I observe happen south of the exempted water in a stretch of Croatan sound shown in a fleshy hue that doesn't even appear as water on the map. But it has thousands of acres of water, and produces turtles. More than four.
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cnaff - I don't fresh dead or long dead count unless they are in the net. If not in the net they could have drowned on their own....
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As just posted in another area of this site. It is past time to seek legal action and embarass this state for
the lack of management of its coastal resources - a nationwide campaign.Hug
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