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N.C has all types of problems, and there is a good writeup in the latest issue of N.C Sportsman . It discusses why gill netting is still allowed in inshore coastal areas.

 

I see it constantly and it's a disgrace, until N.C follows what the vast majority of other coastal states have already done years ago(ban all large mesh gill nets in inshore waters) it will continue to lag far behind it's neighbors.

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My brother can tell ya all about the netters moving in on the trout & working the piss out of the area at night for them :(

 

Believe me i am out most nights and i see all kinds of tactics that i know aren't legal , the problem is the marine patrol (which is rarely ever around) said to me, if they don't witness the violation then they can't do anything about it. You would be shocked at the stuff i see out there:(:(

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I’ve been out fishing every night this week, and I have seen some suspicious stuff as well. Seems the marine patrol clocks out too early, and people are getting too bold.

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I’ve been out fishing every night this week, and I have seen some suspicious stuff as well. Seems the marine patrol clocks out too early, and people are getting too bold.

 

i agree with clocking out early!! they would prob have a hay day if they ran at night

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i agree with clocking out early!! they would prob have a hay day if they ran at night

 

Ditto on that, i see gill netters set their nets out around midnight and then disappear until around 4:30 am. Your supposed to tend to any nets set out and not leave but there is no enforcement.:(:(:(

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Ditto on that, i see gill netters set their nets out around midnight and then disappear until around 4:30 am. Your supposed to tend to any nets set out and not leave but there is no enforcement.:(:(:(

 

15A NCAC 03J .0103 GILL NETS, SEINES, IDENTIFICATION, RESTRICTIONS

(a) It is unlawful to use gill nets:

(1) With a mesh length less than 2 ½ inches.

(2) In internal waters from April 15 through December 15, with a mesh length 5 inches or greater and less

than 5 ½ inches.

(b) The Fisheries Director may, by proclamation, limit or prohibit the use of gill nets or seines in coastal waters, or any

portion thereof, or impose any or all of the following restrictions on gill net or seine fishing operations:

(1) Specify area.

(2) Specify season.

(3) Specify gill net mesh length.

(4) Specify means/methods.

(5) Specify net number and length.

© It is unlawful to use fixed or stationary gill nets in the Atlantic Ocean, drift gill nets in the Atlantic Ocean for

recreational purposes, or any gill nets in internal waters unless nets are marked by attaching to them at each end two

separate yellow buoys which shall be of solid foam or other solid buoyant material no less than five inches in diameter

and no less than five inches in length. Gill nets, which are not connected together at the top line, are considered as

individual nets, requiring two buoys at each end of each individual net. Gill nets connected together at the top line are

considered as a continuous net requiring two buoys at each end of the continuous net. Any other marking buoys on gill

nets used for recreational purposes shall be yellow except one additional buoy, any shade of hot pink in color,

constructed as specified in this Paragraph, shall be added at each end of each individual net. Any other marking buoys

on gill nets used in commercial fishing operations shall be yellow except that one additional identification buoy of any

color or any combination of colors, except any shade of hot pink, may be used at either or both ends. The owner shall be

identified on a buoy on each end either by using engraved buoys or by attaching engraved metal or plastic tags to the

buoys. Such identification shall include owner's last name and initials and if a vessel is used, one of the following:

(1) Owner's N.C. motor boat registration number, or

(2) Owner's U.S. vessel documentation name.

(d) It is unlawful to use gill nets:

(1) Within 200 yards of any flounder or other finfish pound net set with lead and either pound or heart in

use, except from August 15 through December 31 in all coastal fishing waters of the Albemarle Sound,

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including its tributaries to the boundaries between coastal and joint fishing waters, west of a line

beginning at a point 36° 04.5184' N - 75° 47.9095' W on Powell Point; running southerly to a point 35°

57.2681' N - 75° 48.3999' W on Caroon Point, it is unlawful to use gill nets within 500 yards of any

pound net set with lead and either pound or heart in use;

(2) From March 1 through October 31 in the Intracoastal Waterway within 150 yards of any railroad or

highway bridge.

(e) It is unlawful to use gill nets within 100 feet either side of the center line of the Intracoastal Waterway Channel south

of the entrance to the Alligator-Pungo River Canal near Beacon "54" in Alligator River to the South Carolina line, unless

such net is used in accordance with the following conditions:

(1) No more than two gill nets per vessel may be used at any one time;

(2) Any net used must be attended by the fisherman from a vessel who shall at no time be more than 100

yards from either net; and(3) Any individual setting such nets shall remove them, when necessary, in sufficient time to permit

unrestricted boat navigation.

(f) It is unlawful to use drift gill nets in violation of 15A NCAC 03J .0101(2) and Paragraph (e) of this Rule.

(g) It is unlawful to use unattended gill nets with a mesh length less than five inches in a commercial fishing operation

in the gill net attended areas designated in 15A NCAC 03R .0112(a).

(h) It is unlawful to use unattended gill nets with a mesh length less than five inches in a commercial fishing operation

from May 1 through November 30 in the internal coastal and joint waters of the state designated in 15A NCAC 03R

.0112(b).

(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.

(2) From June through October, for any portion of the net to be within 10 feet of any point on the shoreline

while set or deployed, unless the net is attended.

(j) For the purpose of this Rule and 15A NCAC 03R .0112, shoreline is defined as the mean high water line or marsh

line, whichever is more seaward.

History Note: Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-173; 113-182; 113-221; 143B-289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1998; March 1, 1996; March 1, 1994; July 1, 1993; September 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 2, 1999; July 1, 1999; October 22, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2001;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2009; December 1, 2007; September 1, 2005; August 1, 2004; August 1, 2002.

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Can you guys start taking some pics?

My folks live in NC now (voters)...

 

I have taken lot's of pics of illegal activities, like completely sealing off estuaries and then going up the creek with their motors screaming and oars banging and making as much noise as possible to get whatever is in the creek to swim into their nets and it does no good. Unless marine patrol witnesses it, they can't or won't do anything about it. The offenders know that the enforcement is nearly non existent and they take advantage of it. N.C needs to do what nearly every other State has done BAN ALL GILL NETTING.

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I completely agree Cnnashman...that behavior is completely unacceptable. I was just thinking that if there's some pictures I could have my dad send them in to his local representative(s) and haggle them...at least it's a start!

It's unfortunate that the $$ for marine patrol and enforcement is so lacking in all of our waters...

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I have taken lot's of pics of illegal activities, like completely sealing off estuaries and then going up the creek with their motors screaming and oars banging and making as much noise as possible to get whatever is in the creek to swim into their nets and it does no good. Unless marine patrol witnesses it, they can't or won't do anything about it. The offenders know that the enforcement is nearly non existent and they take advantage of it. N.C needs to do what nearly every other State has done BAN ALL GILL NETTING.

 

These are the exact tactics that my brother has came across in his area.

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