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:
NEW HANOVER / PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES
All those waters between Snows Cut in New Hanover County and a line beginning at a point on the east shore of Spit Bay near Jarrett Bay in Carteret County; running southeasterly to a point near Marker “35” in Core Sound at 34 40.7071’ N – 76 31.5922’ W; running southwesterly (following the Crab Spawning Sanctuary Line) near Beargrass Island to a point on Shackleford Banks at 34 38.9974’ N – 76 32.4858’ W, to include Myrtle Grove Sound, Masonboro Sound, Middle Sound, Topsail Sound, Stump Sound, Chadwick Bay, New River, Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, Bogue Sound, Tar Landing Bay, Newport River, Back Sound, North River, The Straits, Whitehurst Creek, Sleepy Creek, and Jarrett Bay.
All those waters bordered on the east and south by a line beginning at Long Point near Rumley Bay thence in a straight line to Lookout Point on the east shore of Thorofare Bay, thence in a straight line across Thorofare Bay to Hall Point near Atlantic, to include Thorofare Bay and Rumley Bay.
Cedar Island Bay – All those waters in Cedar Island Bay upstream of a straight line beginning at Hog Island Point thence across the bay to Long Point, to include Lewis Creek.
The following also remains closed:
BRUNSWICK / CARTERET COUNTIES
All those waters between Southport and the South Carolina State line.
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 4, 2014