- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) - State officials say waters along the northern North Carolina coast are closing to anchored, large-mesh gill nets.

The closure takes effect at 1 p.m. Friday, and is being made to avoid a mandatory closure that would last until September 2015. The waters will not reopen for at least two weeks to allow sea turtles to leave the area.

The move impacts Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries in connection with the state’s Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit.

In recent days, a Kemp’s ridley was captured in a gill net in eastern Albemarle Sound, and a green sea turtle was captured near Oregon Inlet. In both instances, the turtles were released alive. Another sea turtle was captured near Columbia, but escaped before it could its species was identified.

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