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 closure 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:
PENDER / ONSLOW COUNTIES
All those waters bordered on the northeast by a straight line from Swan Point through ICWW Channel Marker #4 to the eastern tip of West Onslow Beach, (south shore of New River Inlet), and bordered on the southwest by a line running from the mainland through IWW Beacon “105” following the eastern shoreline of Green Channel to the southern tip of Hutaff Island near Rich’s Inlet, to include Mill Creek, Old Topsail Creek, Virginia Creek, Stump Sound, Alligator Bay, and Chadwick Bay.
The following also 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 .
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.
Freeman Creek - All those waters in Freeman Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
Bear Creek - All those waters in Bear Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
White Oak River - All those waters in White Oak River upstream of the Highway 24 Bridge at Swansboro.
Bogue Sound - All those waters from the IWW to the mainland between Fl. Beacon #45, near Cedar Point, and IWW Beacon #20, near Gales 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.
North River – All those waters upstream of the North River Bridge.
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).
Whitehurst Creek - All those waters in Whitehurst Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
Sleepy Creek - All those waters in Sleepy Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
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 across the mouth.
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. This temporary closure is due to heavy rainfall and resultant runoff.
August 29, 2012
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