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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 change in shellfish harvesting areas will take effect at sunrise, Thursday, December 19, 2013.
All those waters in Onslow and Carteret Counties will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the November 27, December 3, and December 15, 2013, temporary closures except the following which will remain closed:
Hoop Pole Creek - All those waters in the Hoop Pole Creek area upstream of a line beginning on a point of marsh at 34°42.4519’ N -76°45.1967’ W; running southeasterly across the bay to a point of marsh at 34°42.4429’ N -76°45.1829’ W; running southeasterly following the shoreline to a point at 34°42.4069’ N -76°45.1285’ W; running southeasterly across the creek to a point 34°42.3984’ N -76°45.1098’ W on the eastern shore.
Newport River - All those waters in NewportRiver upstream of the Highway 70 High Rise Bridge and Morehead-Beaufort Causeway, to include all tributaries and Core Creek.
North River – All those waters in North River upstream of a straight line beginning at a point on the northwest shore of Goose Bay, thence in a straight line across the river near the old Fl. "Danger" Beacon; thence to a point on the shore south of Cow Pen Creek to include all of Ward Creek.
Oyster Creek - All those waters in Oyster Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
Nelson Bay - All those waters in NelsonBay upstream of a line from Drum Point to the northern tip of Fulchers Creek.
The following also remains closed:
All those waters in Pamlico Sound 200 yards offshore of Hatteras Island between a point 200 yards north of the north drain at Rodanthe and a point 200 yards south of the south drain at Rodanthe.
December 18, 2013