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Marine Fisheries - Shellfish Temporary Closing

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021
Date: Aug. 29, 2011

Coastal Waters Temporarily Close to Shellfishing

MOREHEAD CITY – Upon recommendation of the state health director, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will temporarily close all coastal waters to shellfish harvesting effective immediately, due to potential impacts of floodwaters on these areas.

The division will begin testing shellfish waters Tuesday and reopen areas as tests show safe bacteria levels.  Excessive rainfall, coastal flooding and sanitary sewer overflows may have contaminated these waters.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-263

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