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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation PA-65-2019

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PA-65-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Betsey Tilson, 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:

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:

ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between IWW Beacon “59” and the Onslow Beach Bridge, to include Freeman Creek.

All those waters bordered on the east by a line beginning at a point 34° 41.2885' N - 77° 01.0408' W on the mainland near Humphrey Point, running southerly to a point 34° 40.5620' N - 77° 00.7983' W on Emerald Isle near Archer Point; and bordered on the southwest by a line beginning at a point on the mainland, running southeasterly through IWW Beacon “59” and following the western shore of Shacklefoot Channel to a point on Browns Island at 34° 36.7600’N - 77° 12.1416’ W, to include Bear Creek, Shacklefoot Channel, Sanders Creek, Bear Inlet, Queens Creek, White Oak River, West Channel, Coast Guard Channel, Bogue Inlet, Deer Creek, Hunting Island Bay, and a portion of Bogue Sound.

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / NEW HANOVER / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters between IWW Beacon “1” near Southport and the permanent closure line near the Holden Beach Bridge and IWW Beacon “51A”, to include Lockwoods Folly River and the Lockwoods Folly Inlet area.

All those waters
contained within US Army Corps of Engineers dredge disposal island #241, near Howe Creek and Mason Inlet.

Newport River - All those waters in Newport River
upstream of a line beginning at a point 34° 45.6960' N - 76° 43.5180' W on the south shore near Penn Point; running northeasterly to a point 34° 46.5733' N - 76° 42.6350' W on the north shore near the Hardesty Farms subdivision (near the Newport River DMF Shrimp Line).

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 rainfall and resultant runoff.

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Stephen W. Murphey, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES, DEQ

July 9, 2019
8:10 A.M.
PA-65-2019

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