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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation PA-79-2019

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PA-79-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA


Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Betsey Tilson, M.D., M.P.H., State Health Director, Department of Health and Human Services, hereby announces that the following shellfish area temporary closures will take effect immediately:
 
It is unlawful for any person to 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:

BRUNSWICK / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters between IWW Beacon “1” near Southport and the South Carolina State Line, to include Tubbs Inlet, Shallotte River, and Lockwoods Folly River.

Queens Creek - All those waters in Queens Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth, beginning at a point 34° 39.8479’N - 77° 09.1171’ W on the west shore; running northeasterly to a point 34° 40.2031’N - 77° 08.4408’ W on the east shore near the State Park Boat Ramp.

Bogue Sound - All those waters in Bogue Sound bordered on the east by the permanent closure line near Fort Macon; and bordered on the west by a line beginning at a point 34° 43.5386' N -76° 47.4167' W on the mainland, running southerly near IWW Marker “8” to a point on Bogue Banks at 34° 42.2519' N - 76° 47.4558' W, to include Tar Landing Bay.

All those waters in the Straits bordered on the east by a line beginning at a point 34° 43.5461' N - 76° 30.3917' W along the shore in Marshallburg, thence in a straight line to the eastern tip of Browns Island, thence in a straight line to Shell Point on Harkers Island; and bordered in the west by a line beginning at a point along the southwestern tip of Harkers Island at 34° 42.0981' N - 76° 35.0718' W; thence in a straight line near Channel Marker #56A to the permanent closure line near Channel Marker #56B, to include North River, Whitehurst Creek, and Sleepy Creek.

Oyster Creek - All those waters in Oyster Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth, beginning at a point 34° 48.8185' N - 76° 26.9761' W on the west shore; running northeasterly to a point 34° 48.9768' N - 76° 26.6340' W on the east shore.

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.

The following also remains closed:

NEW HANOVER / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters contained within US Army Corps of Engineers dredge disposal island #241, near Howe Creek and Mason Inlet.

All those waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between IWW Marker “129” (34° 11.5153’N - 77° 49.5764’ W) near Shinn Creek and IWW Marker “141” (34° 07.7515’N - 77° 51.9560’ W) near Peden Point.

All those waters in Greenville Sound bordered on the north by the Wrightsville Beach Bridge and bordered on the south by a line beginning at a point 34° 11.5660’N - 77° 49.6758’ W on the mainland; running southeasterly near IWW Marker “129” to a point 34° 11.3991’N - 77° 49.3386’ W on the south shore of Shinn Creek; thence running southeasterly to a point 34° 10.9146’N - 77° 48.9429’ W on the northern tip of Masonboro Island.

All those waters in Middle Sound bordered on the north by the Figure Eight Island Bridge and bordered on the south by the Wrightsville Beach Bridge, to include Pages Creek.

All those waters in Newport River upstream of the Highway 70 High Rise Bridge and the Morehead-Beaufort Causeway, to include all tributaries and Core Creek.

All those waters in Jarrett Bay upstream of a line beginning at a point 34° 45.8170' N - 76° 28.7579' W on the east shore of Spit Bay; thence in a straight line to a point 34° 45.3229' N - 76° 29.1273' W at the southern tip of Davis Island; thence in a straight line near Flashing Beacon #36 to a point 34° 43.7805' N - 76° 30.0180' W the
southeast end of Bells Island; thence in a straight line to a point 34° 43.5461' N - 76° 30.3917' W on the Marshallberg shoreline.

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. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

D. These temporary closures are due to heavy rainfall and resultant runoff.

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Stephen W. Murphey, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES, DEQ

August 17, 2019
8:10 A.M.
PA-79-2019

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