Gill net restrictions in place Jan.1

Published 11:57 am Saturday, January 1, 2022

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North Carolina Fisheries Proclamation M-2-2022 states it is unlawful in Management Unit A to use fixed or stationary gill nets with a stretched mesh length other than 3 ¼ inches.

The proclamation maintains the exempted portion of Management Unit A that allows the use of run-around, strike, drop and trammel gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5½ inches through 6½ inches to harvest blue catfish, states the proclamation’s explanation.

The proclamation is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2022.

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Management Unit A encompasses all internal coastal fishing waters bound on the south by 35° 46.3000′ N latitude to the North Carolina/Virginia state line. This includes Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries.

The proclamation states “it is unlawful to use drift gill nets 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 as defined by N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule.”

Recreational Commercial Gear License holders cannot use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5½ inches through 6½ inches.

Yardage: It is unlawful to use more than 800 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6½ inches in any combination per vessel or Standard Commercial Fishing License or Recreation Standard Commercial Fishing License holder regardless of the number of license holders on the vessel, states the proclamation.