Gill net rule changes now in effect
Published 6:47 am Monday, January 2, 2023
N.C. Marine Fisheries Proclamation M-2-2023 states in Albemarle Sound Management Unit A, it is unlawful to use fixed or stationary gill nets with a stretched mesh length other than 3¼ inches.
The proclamation “maintains the exempted portion of Management Unit A that allows the use of run-around, strike, and drop gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches to harvest blue catfish.”
The proclamation is effective Jan. 1, 2023 at 12:01 a.m.
Management Unit A 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….”
The proclamation continues with “it is unlawful to use or possess more than 800 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 5½ inches through ½ inches in any combination per vessel or SCFL/RSCFL holder regardless of the number of license holders on the vessel ….”