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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation PA-92-2014

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PA-92-2014

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 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:

ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters bordered on the southwest by a line beginning at a point on the mainland; running southeasterly through FL Beacon “59” following the western shoreline of Shacklefoot Channel to a point on Browns Island; and bordered on the northeast by the Emerald Isle Bridge, to include Bear Creek, Sanders Creek, Cow Channel, Queens Creek, White Oak River, West Channel and Bogue Inlet.

All those waters In Bogue Sound from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between the Emerald Isle Bridge and the permanent closure line near 16th Street in Morehead City.

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.

The following also remains closed:

BRUNSWICK / NEW HANOVER / PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES

All those waters between IWW marker "84" and the South Carolina State Line, to include the Tubbs Inlet area.

Lockwood 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.

All those waters between Snows Cut and the Figure Eight Island Bridge, to include Myrtle Grove Sound, Masonboro Sound, and a portion of Middle Sound.

All those waters, from the IWW to the mainland, between the Figure Eight Island Bridge and the Surf City Bridge.

All those waters bordered on the northeast by a straight line from Swan Point through ICWW Channel Marker #4 to the eastern tip of West Onslow Beach, (south shore of New River Inlet), and bordered on the southwest by the Surf City Bridge.

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.

North River – All those waters in North River upstream of a line beginning on the west shore at a point 34° 46.0383' N - 76° 37.0633' W near Fulcher Bay; running easterly to a point on the north shore of the mouth of Ward Creek at 34° 46.2667' N - 76° 35.4933' W (DMF Special Secondary Nursery Line).

Jarrett Bay and The Straits - All those waters bordered on the east by a line beginning at a point on the east shore of Spit Bay; thence in a straight line to the southern end of Davis Island; thence in a straight line thru Flashing Beacon #36; thence in a straight line to the southeast end of Bells Island; thence in a straight line to the eastern end of Browns Island; thence in a straight line to Shell Point on Harkers Island; and bordered on the west by a line following the Harkers Island Bridge from Harkers Island to the mainland at Straits. This includes Jarrett Bay, Middens Creek, Tusk Creek, Jump Run Creek, Bells Creek, The Straits, Eastmouth Bay, Westmouth Bay, Sleepy Creek, Whitehurst Creek and all creeks and tributaries within the described area.

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. These temporary closures are due to heavy rainfall and resultant runoff.
September 13, 2014
8:50 AM
PA-92-2014

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

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