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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation PA-81-2019

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PA-81-2019

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 changes in shellfish harvesting areas will take effect at sunrise, Thursday, August 22, 2019.

All those waters in Carteret County will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the July 17 and July 18, 2019, temporary closures except the following which remains closed:

CARTERET COUNTY

All those waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between the Emerald Isle High-rise Bridge and IWW Channel Marker "65A", located just west of Salliers Bay near New River Inlet, to include Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, 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 the 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 34° 42.1449’ N - 76° 36.2801’ W at the permanent closure line near Channel Marker #56B; running northeasterly to a point 34° 43.2724’ N - 76° 34.5238’ W on the mainland at the Harker's Island Bridge at The Straits.

Whitehurst Creek – All those waters in Whitehurst Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth, beginning at a point 34° 43.5146' N - 76° 33.3428' W on the west shore; running easterly to a point 34° 43.5511' N - 76° 33.1664' W on the east shore.

Sleepy Creek – All those waters in Sleepy Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth, beginning at a point 34° 43.2745' N - 76° 31.4600' W on the west shore; running easterly to a point 34° 43.2672' N - 76° 31.2792' W on the east shore.

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.

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.

All those waters in Neuse River upstream of a line beginning at Maw Point, running southeasterly to Fl. Beacon “NR”; thence running southerly to Point of Marsh, to include Adams Creek, South River, Turnagain Bay, and Broad Creek (Pamlico County).

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / NEW HANOVER / PENDER / ONSLOW / CRAVEN / PAMLICO 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.

All those waters in Myrtle Grove Sound, Masonboro Sound, and Middle Sound between the Figure 8 Island Bridge and Snows Cut.

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

All those waters bordered on the north by a line beginning at a point 34° 33.0934’ N - 77° 21.6926’ W on the mainland near Hatch Point, running easterly through Marker “76” to Beacon “12”, thence running southerly following the dredged channel to the eastern tip of North Topsail Beach at New River Inlet; and bordered on the south by the new Surf City Bridge, to include Stump Sound, Alligator Bay, and Chadwick Bay.

All those waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between the Emerald Isle High-rise Bridge and IWW Channel Marker "65A", located just west of Salliers Bay near New River Inlet, to include Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, and all other creeks and tributaries within said boundaries.

All those waters in Neuse River upstream of a line beginning at Maw Point, running southeasterly to Fl. Beacon “NR”; thence running southerly to Point of Marsh, to include Adams Creek, South River, Turnagain Bay, and Broad Creek (Pamlico County).

All those waters in Bay River and Jones Bay bordered on the east by a line running from Sow Island Point to Bay Point to Maw Point.

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. This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Bogue Sound, Tar Landing Bay, Straits, Westmouth Bay, and Eastmouth Bay.

E. These reopenings are due to satisfactory bacteriological sampling results.

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

August 21, 2019
12:25 P.M.
PA-81-2019

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