Gillnets – North Carolina
North Carolina is home to critical rearing and breeding habitat for a plethora of marine species. And yet, the state is one of the few to allow the use of gillnets, despite the problems they’ve caused for sportfish, juvenile fish, and other parts of the ecosystem that support marine life, such as oyster beds and sea grass. On June 12, the NC Division of Marine Fisheries closed the estuarine gillnet season in the northeastern part of the state at least until September 1. Though there are area restrictions and other laws regulating gillnets, North Carolina’s gill net season is year round.