Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Laura Gerald, M.D., M.P.H., State Health Director, Department of Health and Human Services, hereby announces that the following shellfish area closure will take effect immediately:
No person shall take or attempt to take any oysters, clams or mussels or possess, sell or offer for sale any oysters, clams or mussels taken from the following polluted areas:
The following area in Carteret County that was opened to shellfish harvesting on a temporary basis shall return to the status in existence immediately prior to the February 2, 2012 temporary opening:
Harlowe Creek - All those waters in Harlowe Creek downstream of a straight line beginning at a point on the west shore at 34º 46.9614' N -76º 43.5843' W; running easterly to a point on the east shore at 34º 46.9624' N -76º 43.3476' W.
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03K .0101.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the N.C. Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. This closure is due to rainfall exceeding management plan criteria.
February 20, 2012