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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation PA-60-2016

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PA-60-2016

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, Sunday, June 12, 2016.

All those waters in New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Carteret Counties will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the June 1, June 2, and June 7, 2016, temporary closures except the following which remain closed:

PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters bordered on the northeast by a straight line from Swan Point through IWW Channel Marker #4 to the eastern tip of West Onslow Beach, (south shore of the New River Inlet), and bordered on the southwest by the Surf City Bridge.

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).

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

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 in Long Bay and West Thorofare Bay south of a line beginning on the west shore at Jacks Bay Point, running easterly to Tump Point on the east shore.

Turnagain Bay - All those waters in Turnagain Bay upstream of a line across the mouth.

South River - All those waters in South River upstream of a line across the mouth.

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / DARE COUNTIES

All those waters
between Southport and the South Carolina State Line.

All those waters in Pamlico Sound within 200 yards of the shoreline between a point 35° 41.0197' N - 75° 29.3142' W near New Inlet (Pea Island Refuge) 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. This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries:  Middle Sound, Pages Creek, Topsail Sound, Old Topsail Creek, Virginia Creek, Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, North River, and Whitehurst Creek; and will reopen those leases in Topsail Sound that were closed exclusively for relaying.

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

June 11, 2016
2:00 P.M.
PA-60-2016

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

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