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PA-113-2016

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA


Braxton Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Randall Williams, M.D., State Health Director, Department of Health and Human Services, hereby announces that the following changes in shellfish harvesting areas will take effect at sunrise, Friday, September 23, 2016.

All those waters in Brunswick, Onslow, and Hyde Counties will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the September 3, September 13, and September 20, 2016, temporary closures except the following which remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / ONSLOW / HYDE COUNTIES

All those waters between IWW Fl. Beacon “51A” near the Holden Beach Bridge and IWW Fl. Beacon “71A” near Long Point.

All those waters bordered on the northeast by the North Topsail Beach High-rise Bridge; and bordered on the southwest by a line beginning at a point on the mainland at 34° 25.5277’ N -77° 34.4977’ W, near Edens Landing; running southerly through IWW Beacon “80” to a point on Topsail Island at 34° 24.9752’ N -77° 34.2742’ W near the end of Atkinson Road; to include Becky’s Creek, a portion of Topsail Sound, and Stump Sound.

Freeman Creek – All those waters in Freeman Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.

All those waters, Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between IWW Beacon “36”, near Goose Creek in Carteret County, and IWW Fl. Beacon “55”, near Sanders Creek (Onslow County), to include Goose Creek, Hunting Island Bay, Deer Creek, White Oak River, and Queens Creek.

All those waters in Germantown Bay upstream of a line beginning at Spencer Point, running southeasterly to Short Point.

The following also remains closed:

NEW HANOVER / PENDER / CARTERET / CRAVEN / PAMLICO COUNTIES

All those waters in Myrtle Grove Sound bordered on the north by a straight line beginning at a point 34° 07.796’N – 77° 52.072’W near Peden Point; running easterly through Intracoastal Waterway Beacon “141” and US Army
Corps of Engineers Spoils Island #261 to a point 34° 07.459’N – 77° 51.071’W on Masonboro Island; and bordered on the south by a straight line beginning at a point 34° 04.846’N -77° 53.102’W on the mainland; running easterly through Intracoastal Waterway Beacon “155” to a point 34° 04.809’N – 77° 52.907’ W on the southwestern tip of Masonboro Island at Carolina Beach Inlet.

All those waters, Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland, between IWW Beacon “98A”, near Forest Sound Marina, and the Figure Eight Island Bridge.

All those waters bordered on the northeast by the North Topsail Beach High-rise Bridge; and bordered on the southwest by a line beginning at a point on the mainland at 34° 25.5277’ N -77° 34.4977’ W, near Edens Landing; running southerly through IWW Beacon “80” to a point on Topsail Island at 34° 24.9752’ N -77° 34.2742’ W near the end of Atkinson Road; to include Becky’s Creek, a portion of Topsail Sound, and Stump Sound.

All those waters, Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between IWW Beacon “36”, near Goose Creek in Carteret County, and IWW Fl. Beacon “55”, near Sanders Creek (Onslow County), to include Goose Creek, Hunting Island Bay, Deer Creek, White Oak River, and Queens Creek.

Newport River - All those waters in Newport River upstream of the Highway 70 High Rise Bridge and Morehead-Beaufort Causeway, to include all tributaries and Core Creek.

All those waters bordered on the east by a line beginning at 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; thence following the shoreline to the southwestern tip of Harkers Island; thence in a straight line to Channel Marker #56A; thence proceeding thru Beacon #58 to Beacon #59 to a point on Carrot Island, to include Styron Bay, Nelson Bay, Brett Bay, Oyster Creek, Jarrett Bay, Jump Run Creek, Middens Creek, Tusk Creek, Bells Creek, The Straits, Sleepy Creek, Whitehurst Creek, Eastmouth Bay, Westmouth Bay, a portion of Core Sound, all of North River, the North River Marshes, and all creeks and tributaries within the described area.

All those waters west of a line beginning at Sow Island Point; running southerly to Point of Marsh, to include Neuse River, Adams Creek, South River, Turnagain Bay, Broad Creek, Bay River, and Jones Bay.

All those waters bordered on the north by a line beginning at Beard Island Point; running westerly to the eastern tip of Pine Hammock and bordered on the southeast by a line across the head of Mouse Harbor Ditch, to include Oyster Creek (Pamlico County), James Creek, Middle Prong, and Clark 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. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

D. This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Tubbs Inlet, Shallotte River, Lockwoods Folly River, Salliers Bay, Bear Creek, Spencer Bay, Striking Bay, and Rose Bay.

E. These reopenings are due to satisfactory bacteriological sampling results.

September 22, 2016
2:15 P.M.
PA-113-2016

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

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