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PA-128-2016

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, October 21, 2016.

All those waters in New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Carteret, Hyde, and Dare Counties will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the September 3, September 13, September 20, September 23, October 1, October 7, and October 9, 2016, temporary closures except the following which remains closed:

NEW HANOVER / PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET / HYDE / DARE COUNTIES

All those waters in Myrtle Grove Sound bordered on the north by a straight line beginning at a point on the mainland at 34° 07.796’N – 77° 52.072’W near Peden Point; running easterly through IWW 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 IWW Beacon “32” near Lockwoods Folly River, to include Bald Head Island, Cape Fear River, Myrtle Grove Sound, and a portion of Masonboro Sound.

All those waters in the White Oak River north of a line beginning at a point 34° 41.9497' N -77° 06.9846' W on the west shore, running easterly near the northern tip of Jones Island, to a point 34° 41.9395'N -77°05.6599'W on the east shore.

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 south and west of a line beginning at Maw Point near the mouth of Bay River; thence in a straight line to the north end of Point of Marsh; to include Neuse River, Adams Creek, South River, Turnagain Bay, and all other tributaries within said boundaries.

All those waters north and west of a line beginning at Long Shoal Point thence in a straight line to Long Point; thence in a straight line to the southernmost tip of Hog Island; thence in a straight line to Bluff Point; thence in a straight line to the southernmost point on Great Island Marsh; thence in a straight line to Shell Point on the west shore of Swanquarter Bay; thence in a straight line to the eastern tip of Pine Hammock on the west shore of Oyster Creek (Pamlico County); to include all of Long Shoal River, Wysocking Bay, East Bluff Bay, West Bluff Bay, Juniper Bay, Swanquarter Bay, Rose Bay, Spencer Bay, Pungo River, Pamlico River, and all other tributaries within said boundaries.

All those waters in Croatan and Roanoke Sounds north of a line starting at Old Point, near Stumpy Point Bay; running northeasterly to Smith Island; and running northeasterly near Fl. Beacon “7” to a point 35° 49.052’N –75° 34.044’W on Bodie Island near the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / CRAVEN / PAMLICO / BEAUFORT COUNTIES

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

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

All those waters in Myrtle Grove Sound bordered on the north by a straight line beginning at a point on the mainland at 34° 07.796’N – 77° 52.072’W near Peden Point; running easterly through IWW 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 IWW Beacon “32” near Lockwoods Folly River, to include Bald Head Island, Cape Fear River, Myrtle Grove Sound, and a portion of Masonboro Sound.

All those waters south and west of a line beginning at Maw Point near the mouth of Bay River; thence in a straight line to the north end of Point of Marsh; to include Neuse River, Adams Creek, South River, Turnagain Bay, and all other tributaries within said boundaries.

All those waters north and west of a line beginning at Long Shoal Point thence in a straight line to Long Point; thence in a straight line to the southernmost tip of Hog Island; thence in a straight line to Bluff Point; thence in a straight line to the southernmost point on Great Island Marsh; thence in a straight line to Shell Point on the west shore of Swanquarter Bay; thence in a straight line to the eastern tip of Pine Hammock on the west shore of Oyster Creek (Pamlico County); to include all of Long Shoal River, Wysocking Bay, East Bluff Bay, West Bluff Bay, Juniper Bay, Swanquarter Bay, Rose Bay, Spencer Bay, Pungo River, Pamlico River, and all other tributaries within said boundaries.

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: Middle Sound, Topsail Sound, Old Topsail Creek, Virginia Creek, Beckys Creek, Stump Sound, Alligator Bay, Chadwick Bay, Queens Creek, Bogue Sound, Nelson Bay, Long Bay, West Bay, North Bay, a portion of Pamlico Sound along Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands, and a portion of Roanoke Sound.

E. These reopenings are due to satisfactory bacteriological sampling results.
October 20, 2016
1:00 P.M.
PA-128-2016

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