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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation PA-54-2016

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PA-54-2016

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 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:

NEW HANOVER / PENDER / ONSLOW COUNTIES

All those waters in Topsail Sound bordered on the northeast by a line beginning at Long Point on the mainland, running southerly through IWW Beacon “102” and following Long Point Channel to a point on the barrier island near Old Topsail Inlet, and bordered on the southwest by a line beginning at a point on the mainland near Futch Creek at 34° 17.9722' N - 77° 44.5103' W, running southeasterly following Nixon Channel to the northern tip of Figure Eight Island near Rich Inlet (see map).

All those waters, IWW to the mainland, between IWW Beacon "49” near Swansboro and IWW Fl. Beacon "59", to include all of Bear Creek and Queens Creek.

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / ONSLOW / CARTERET / DARE COUNTIES

All those waters between Southport and IWW Marker “89”, to include Lockwoods Folly River and Shallotte River.

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

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.

Ward Creek - All those waters in Ward Creek upstream of a line beginning at a point on the north shore at 34° 46.2667' N - 76° 35.4933' W, running southerly to a point on the south shore at 34° 45.4517' N - 76° 35.1767' W. (Ward Creek DMF Shrimp Line).

Sleepy Creek - All those waters in Sleepy Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.

Jarrett Bay - All those waters upstream of a line beginning at a point on the east shore of Spit Bay; thence in a straight line to the southern end of Davis Island; thence in a straight line thru Flashing Beacon #36; thence
in a straight line to the southeast end of Bells Island thence in a straight line to a point on the Marshallberg Shoreline near Macbry Road.

Nelson Bay –All those waters in Nelson Bay upstream of a line from Drum Point to the northern tip of Fulchers Creek.

All those waters¿within 200 yards offshore of Hatteras Island between Big Island near Avon and the north side of Hatteras Inlet.

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 heavy rainfall and resultant runoff.

June 2, 2016
9:05 A.M.
PA-54-2016

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

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