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, Friday, August 15, 2014.
All those waters in New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Carteret Counties will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the July 22, July 25, August 2, and August 4, 2014, temporary closures, except the following which will remain closed:
NEW HANOVER / PENDER / CARTERET COUNTIES
All those waters within a boundary beginning at a point on the mainland; running easterly through Beacon “141” to the southwestern tip of US Army Corps Disposal Island #261; running southwesterly to the northwestern tip of US Army Corps Disposal Island #267; running northwesterly through Beacon “149” to a point on the mainland (See Map).
All those waters bordered on the southwest by a line beginning on the shoreline near Old Point (Old Topsail Creek) through Fl Beacon “98” to a the southwestern tip of Topsail Beach, and all those waters bordered on the northeast by a line beginning on the shoreline near Sloop Point; running southeasterly through FL Beacon “BC” and Banks Channel to a point on Topsail Island (See Map).
Hoop Pole Creek - All those waters in the Hoop Pole Creek area upstream of a line beginning on a point of marsh at 34°42.4519’ N -76°45.1967’ W; running southeasterly across the bay to a point of marsh at 34°42.4429’ N -76°45.1829’ W; running southeasterly following the shoreline to a point at 34°42.4069’ N -76°45.1285’ W; running southeasterly across the creek to a point 34°42.3984’ N -76°45.1098’ W on the eastern shore.
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 the North River Bridge.
Oyster Creek - All those waters in Oyster Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
The following also remains closed:
All those waters between IWW Marker "89" and the South Carolina Line, to include the Tubbs Inlet area.
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.
All those waters in the IWW between Beacon "71" near Shallotte River, and Fl. Beacon "48A" near Lockwoods Folly Inlet.
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 area to normal closure boundaries: a portion of Myrtle Grove Sound, a portion of Masonboro Sound, a portion of Topsail Sound, Stump Sound, Chadwick Bay, all the waters between IWW Beacon #65A and Fl Beacon “59” including Salliers Bay and Freeman Creek, and Jarrett Bay.
D. These reopenings are due to satisfactory bacteriological sampling results.
August 14, 2014