Parts of Pamlico Sound to reopen to gill nets

HATTERAS - (AP) - Certain shallow waters areas of Pamlico Sound are being reopened to flounder gill net fishing after being closed last month because of interactions with sea turtles.
The state Division of Marine Fisheries says some areas will reopen Monday. The division will limit fishing to overnight soaks Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The state will have to close the waters again if interactions with turtles continue.
Four interactions occurred in one week. Last year, no turtle interactions occurred during the fishing season.
The division also will reopen Core Sound, Back Sound, The Straits and North River to the use of large-mesh gill nets Monday with a maximum 1,000-yard gill net length restriction. Large-mesh gill nets generally are used to catch southern flounder.

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