- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) - Coastal waters in the southern part of North Carolina are reopening to anchored, large-mesh gill nets.

Officials with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources say the waters will reopen shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. The affected waters are located between the N.C. 58 bridge to Emerald Isle and the South Carolina state line.

State fisheries officials closed these waters to anchored, large-mesh gill net fishing Sept. 25 due to interactions with sea turtles.

The waters are reopening because of cooling water temperatures and fewer reports of turtle sightings. Officials say the area could close through next summer if more incidental captures of sea turtles are observed.

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