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PA-76-2015

PROCLAMATION

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 changes in shellfish harvesting areas will take effect at sunrise, Thursday, August 13, 2015.

All those waters in Brunswick County will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the August 7, 2015, temporary closure except the following which will remain closed:

BRUNSWICK COUNTY

All those waters between IWW marker "89" and the South Carolina State Line, to include the Tubbs Inlet area.

Shallotte River - All those waters in Shallotte River upstream of a straight line from Bowen Point to Long Point.

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 Waterway north of Horse Island.

The following also remains closed:

PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters from the IWW to the mainland, between Beacon “98A”, near Howard Landing, and the Surf City Bridge, to include Old Topsail Creek, Virginia Creek, and all other creeks and tributaries within said boundaries.

All those waters bordered on the southwest by the Surf City Bridge, and bordered on the northeast by the North Topsail Beach High-rise Bridge, to include Stump Sound.

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.

Queens Creek - All those waters in Queens Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.

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 in North River upstream of a straight line beginning at a point at the permanent closure line near Channel Marker #56B to the mainland side of the Harker's Island Bridge at the Straits.

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.

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, thence in a straight line to Fl. Beacon #20 in Core Sound, thence in a straight line to Fl. Beacon #27 in Core Sound, thence in a straight line to Fl. Beacon #37 in Core Sound, thence in a straight line to Bells Point, thence in a straight line to a point on the Marshallberg shoreline, to include Jarrett Bay, Oyster Creek, Brett Bay, Nelson Bay, 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.

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. This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: the IWW between IWW “89” and IWW “84”, a portion of the IWW between Shallotte River and Lockwoods Folly River, and Eastern Channel.

D. This reopening is due to satisfactory bacteriological sampling results.
August 12, 2015
11:50 A.M.
PA-76-2015

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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