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:
Newport River – All those waters in Newport River north and east of a line beginning on the southwest tip of Core Creek; running easterly to IWW Beacon “24”; running southeasterly following the Intracoastal Waterway to IWW Beacon “28”; running southwesterly following the Intracoastal Waterway to IWW Beacon “34”; running southwesterly following the Intracoastal Waterway to IWW Beacon “38”; running southerly following the Intracoastal Waterway to the Morehead High Rise Bridge; to include Core Creek, the eastern part of Newport River, and the Causeway Bays (See Map).
The following remains closed:
BRUNSWICK / NEW HANOVER / PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES
All those waters between ICWW marker "84" near Ocean Isle and the South Carolina State Line, to include the Tubbs Inlet area.
Hewletts Creek Area – All those waters from between IWW Marker “135” near Whiskey Creek and the Wrightsville Beach Bridge, including all of Hewletts Creek.
All those waters bordered on the northeast by the North Topsail Beach Bridge, and bordered on the southwest by the Surf City Bridge, to include Stump Sound.
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.
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 rainfall, resultant runoff, and sampling results.
August 21, 2013