RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Robin Cummings, M.D., Acting 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 area:
BRUNSWICK / PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES
All those waters between Southport and the South Carolina State line.
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 New River Inlet), and bordered on the southwest by the Surf City Bridge.
All those waters between Intracoastal Waterway Beacon #65A near Salliers Bay, and a line beginning at the tip of Fort Macon on Bogue Banks across the Morehead City Channel to the southernmost tip of Radio Island, to include Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, Bogue Sound, Tar Landing Bay and all other creeks and tributaries within said boundaries.
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.
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.
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 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. These temporary closures are due to heavy rainfall and resultant runoff.
August 2, 2014