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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State officials are set to enforce a rule which establishes a 100-yard gill net setback from most North Carolina ocean beaches to protect bottlenose dolphins.

The new rule goes into effect on Sunday.

NC Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel has issued a proclamation that prohibits setting small mesh gill nets within 100 yards of the beach, except for the areas between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet and between Carolina Beach Inlet and the South Carolina line.

The restriction applies to commercially and recreationally-set gill nets with a mesh size of 5 inches or smaller. The restriction does not apply to strike nets used to surround a school of fish and immediately retrieve the catch.

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3 Comments on "Gill net setback to take effect on NC coast Sunday"

2015 years 9 months ago

That statement is simply not true. Gill nets and inshore shrimping are allowed in almost all states to the south of us. More fisherman, less access, weather, development, etc. all have a major hand in this.

2015 years 9 months ago

Gill nets are one of the primary reasons our fishery is so mediocre. It continues to astound me that NC allows gill nets while all the other states have made the move to ban them. Gill nets have destroyed our redfish and trout population along with other species.

2015 years 9 months ago

Cite Your Division of Marine fisheries/sources for the “FACT” you made, (besides L.A.).. South Carolina–> to Florida DO NOT allow “inshore/inside, shrimping” or Gill netting…(Only N.C. does)… Even States North of US DO NOT..
Sincerely A Former Commercial Fisherman


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