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TOWN BOARD BACKS FISHERMEN
State May Lift Gill Net Rules
At Holder i
BY DOUG RUTTER
New state rules restricting the use
of gill nets along the Brunswick
County coast may soon he lifted at
Holden Beach, where town officials
have sided with local fishermen.
The rules, which took effect one
month ago, require Brunswick
County fishermen who set gill nets
from the beach to remove all equip
ment such as ropes, anchors and
buoys when nets are not in use.
TTie N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries prohibits fishermen from
setting gill nets from local beaches
between Memorial Day and Labor
Day. Nets may be set from the
strand after Labor Day but must be
attended at all times.
At their meeting last Wednesday,
Holden Beach Commissioners voted
4-0 to reject a resolution endorsing
the new state regulations after hear
ing from five local net fishermen
The anglers, who have worked at
Holden Beach for many years, said
they objected to having to remove
their fishing gear from the strand
"It'll take us half a day to put out
what we got. It'll take us half a day
to get it up," fisherman Clyde Stout
said. "We can't be out there 24
hours a day with it."
Town officials agreed.
"I think it's very ill-conceived and
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"We don't want to inherit all
the fishermen on the North
Carolina coast , but we want
to protect ours . "
? Commissioner David Sandifer
ill-prepared," Commissioner Jim
Fournier said of the rules set by
N.C. Fisheries Director Bill Hogarth
following a public meeting at Long
The rules took effect Aug. 2 in all
of Brunswick County. However,
Mayor Wally Ausley said Hogarth
told him the state would lift the reg
ulations at Holden Beach if commis
sioners didn't give their stamp of ap
Hogarth did not return phone calls
to his office last Friday or Monday.
On Tuesday morning, a division
spokesman said most employees did
not report to work with Hurricane
Emily threatening Morehead City.
At last week's town meeting, R.P.
Robinson said he and other local
fishermen don't want to use gill nets
in the summer but would like to use
them after Labor Day without hav
ing to remove their gear every day.
Robinson said it takes about half
a day to set up the anchors and
buoys, and the fishermen don't want
to have to do it every day.
Stout said gill nets have caused
problems with beachgoers and sport
fishermen at Long Beach, but not at
"The fisherman is part of the
problem, but thank goodness we
don't have that problem on this
beach and I don't think we will have
it," he said. "If we can leave it like
it's been and everybody cooperate 1
think everything will be fine."
Mayor Ausley said some people
leave their gear out for several days
without checking on it. Eventually,
the ropes become a hazard if Ihey
stick out above the strand.
However, Acie Robinson said the
commercial fishermen don't leave
their ropes and anchors where they
can cause harm. "Our lines are tied
down so nobody can get hurt. We're
every day watching ours."
Ausley said Hogarth warned him
that rejecting the Marine Fisheries
regulations could encourage net
fishermen who normally work else
where to start setting their nets off
"I'm very concerned about fisher
men coming from other islands to
Holden Beach, but I'm more con
cerned about these fishermen who
were here tonight and have been
fishing for 50 years," Commissioner
David Sandifer said.
"We don't want to inherit all the
fishermen on the North Carolina
coast, but we want to protect ours,"
In addition to rejecting the state
regulations, commissioners said last
week they plan to revise an existing
town ordinance that only allows net
fishing from the beach between
Labor Day and Jan. 1.
R.P. Robinson said local fisher
men would like to work through
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