RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Laura Gerald, 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:
No person shall 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
All those waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland in Bogue Sound between IWW Fl. Beacon #49, near Swansboro, and IWW Beacon #20, near Gales Creek, to include White Oak River, Deer Creek, Hunting Island Creek, Goose Creek, Sanders Creek, Broad Creek and Gales Creek.
Jarrett Bay / North River and The Straits - All those waters bordered on the east by 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 the eastern end of Browns Island; thence in a straight line to Shell Point on Harkers Island; thence following the shoreline to the southwestern tip of Harkers Island; thence in a straight line to Channel Marker #56A; thence proceeding thru Beacon #58 to Beacon #59 to a point on Carrot Island. This includes Middens Creek, Tusk Creek, Jump Run Creek, Bells Creek, The Straits, Eastmouth Bay, Westmouth Bay, all of North River, the North River Marshes, Sleepy Creek, Whitehurst Creek and all creeks and tributaries within the described area .
Oyster Creek - All those waters in Oyster Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
Brett Bay – All those waters in Brett Bay upstream of a straight line from Piney Point to King Point.
The following remains closed:
BRUNSWICK / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES
All those waters upstream of a straight line beginning at a point 33° 55.3874’ N – 78° 22.2861’ W on the western shore of the Shallotte River approximately 650 yards south of The Swash; running southeasterly to a point 33° 55.3385’ N – 78° 21.7279’ W on the eastern shore of the Shallotte River approximately 650 yards south of Shallotte Creek .
All those waters in the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach between IWW Beacon #71 and IWW Beacon #47, near Lockwoods Folly Inlet.
Lockwoods Folly River: All those waters north of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 33°55.7954’N - 78°13.3096’ W approximately midway between Genoes Point and Spring Creek; running southeasterly to a point 33°55.2284’N - 78°12.7791’ W near the northwest point of Horse Island, to include the open portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Water Way north of Horse Island.
All those waters between IWW Marker #31, near Turkey Creek, and IWW Marker #15, near Galleon Bay, to include Alligator Bay.
All those waters from the IWW to the mainland between IWW Beacon #65A near Salliers Bay and the Onslow Beach Bridge, to include Salliers Bay.
All those waters bordered on the west by the Onslow Beach Bridge and bordered on the east by a line running from the mainland through IWW Fl. Beacon #49 following the western shoreline of West Channel to the eastern tip of Bear Island, to include Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, and Queens Creek.
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.
Nelson Bay - All those waters in Nelson Bay upstream of a line from Drum Point to the northern tip of Fulchers Creek.
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 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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. These temporary closures are due to heavy rainfall and resultant runoff.
August 25, 2012
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