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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation PA-126-2018

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PA-126-2018

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA


Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Betsey Tilson, M.D., M.P.H., State Health Director, Department of Health and Human Services, hereby announces that the following shellfish area temporary closures will take effect immediately:

It is unlawful for any person to 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:

ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

White Oak River - All those waters in White Oak River
upstream of the Highway 24 Bridge at Swansboro.

Bogue Sound - All those waters Bogue Sound bordered on the east by a line beginning at a point 34° 43.5386' N - 76° 47.4167' W on the mainland, running southerly near IWW Marker “8” to a point on Bogue Banks at 34° 42.2519' N - 76° 47.4558' W; and bordered on the west by the Emerald Isle High-rise Bridge.

All those waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland in Bogue Sound between the permanent closure line near 16th St. in Morehead City and IWW Marker “8”, near Peletier Creek.

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

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / ONSLOW COUNTIES


Lockwoods Folly River - All those waters north of a line beginning at a point 33° 55.5678’ N - 78° 13.8043’ W on the south shore of Spring Creek near the mouth, running easterly to a point 33° 55.4621’N - 78° 13.1714’ W near the northern tip of Sheep Island, thence running southeasterly to a point 33° 55.2284’N - 78° 12.7791’ W near the northwest point of Horse Island, to include a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway north of Horse and Sheep Islands.

All those waters bordered on the north by a line beginning at a point 34° 31.1227’ N - 77° 22.3142’ W on the mainland, running southerly near Beacon “15” to a point 34° 31.0527’ N - 77° 22.2654’ W on North Topsail Beach near Galleon Bay, and bordered on the south by a line beginning at a point 34° 28.2180’ N - 77° 30.5521’ W on the mainland near Morris Landing, running southeasterly near Beacon “49” to a point on Topsail Island at 34° 27.273’ N -77° 29.937’ W.

Queens Creek - All those waters in Queens Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth, beginning at a point 34° 39.8479’N - 77° 09.1171’ W on the west shore; running northeasterly to a point 34° 40.2031’N - 77° 08.4408’ W on the east shore near the State Park Boat Ramp.

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. These temporary closures are due to rainfall and resultant runoff.

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Stephen W. Murphey, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES, DEQ

November 5, 2018
7:50 a.m.
PA-126-2018

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