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PA-102-2015

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Robin Cummings, M.D., Acting State Health Director, Department of Health and Human Services, hereby announces that the following shellfish area temporary closures 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:

PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters from the IWW to the mainland between IWW Beacon “4”, near Swan Point and IWW Beacon “99B”, near Howard Landing, to include Chadwick Bay, Alligator Bay, Becky’s Creek, Virginia Creek, Old Topsail Creek, and other creeks and tributaries within said boundaries.

All those waters from the IWW to the mainland between the Emerald Isle High Rise Bridge and IWW Beacon “59”, located just west of Bear Creek, to include White Oak River, Queens Creek, and Bear Creek.

All those waters bordered on the east and south by a line beginning at Long Point near Rumley Bay thence in a straight line to Lookout Point on the east shore of Thorofare Bay, thence in a straight line across Thorofare Bay to Hall Point near Atlantic, thence in a straight line to Fl. Beacon #20 in Core Sound, thence in a straight line to Fl. Beacon #27 in Core Sound, thence in a straight line to Fl. Beacon #37 in Core Sound, thence in a straight line to Shell Point on Harkers Island, then in a straight line across Back Sound to a point on Shackleford Banks near Baregrass Island at 34°39.01386’N - 76°32.50452’ W and bordered on the west by the Emerald Isle High-rise Bridge. This includes, Thorofare Bay, Rumley Bay, Oyster Creek, Brett Bay, Nelson Bay, Jarrett Bay, Middens Creek, Tusk Creek, Jump Run Creek, Bells Creek, The Straits, Eastmouth Bay, Westmouth Bay, a portion of Core Sound, a portion of Back Sound, all of North River, the North River Marshes, Sleepy Creek, Whitehurst Creek, all of Newport River, Tar Landing Bay, Bogue Sound, and all creeks and tributaries within the described area.

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTY

All those waters between IWW Marker "89" near Ocean Isle and the South Carolina State Line, to include the Tubbs Inlet area.

Lockwoods Folly River - All those waters north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 33°55.7954’N - 78°13.3096’ W approximately midway between Genoes Point and Spring Creek; running southeasterly to a point 33°55.2284’N - 78°12.7791’ W near the northwest point of Horse Island, to include the open portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway north of Horse Island.

Cedar Island Bay – All those waters in Cedar Island Bay upstream of a straight line beginning at Hog Island Point thence across the bay to Long Point, to include Lewis Creek.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

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 Commission 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 Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. These temporary closures are due to rainfall, coastal flooding, and resultant runoff.
September 28, 2015
10:32 A.M.
PA-102-2015

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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