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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SS-01-2019

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SS-1-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHELLFISH TEMPERATURE AND SANITATION CONTROLS


This proclamation supersedes SS-3-2017 dated May 16, 2017. It reestablishes the National Shellfish Sanitation Program requirements that mandate measures to control the temperature of oysters, clams and mussels after harvest. It also reestablishes National Shellfish Sanitation Program requirements that mandate measures to protect shellfish from contamination during harvest, handling, transport and storage.

It establishes new National Shellfish Sanitation Program mandates that modifies required language on shellfish dealer tags, as well as requiring that employees of shellfish dealers receive training related to food hygiene and food safety. It also establishes the requirement to record the shellfish lease or franchise number on harvest tags.


Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective immediately, the following restrictions will apply to the harvest, transport, and storage of oysters, clams and mussels taken from Coastal Fishing Waters:

I. TIME PERIOD AND FISHERIES

The following restrictions are in effect for all commercial oyster, clam and mussel harvesting operations for the time periods listed below:

A. Year round for clams and mussels (Tagging, Sanitation, Transport, Storage and Training Requirements);

B. October 15 through March 31 for oysters (Tagging, Sanitation, Transport, Storage and Training
Requirements);

C. June through September (Shading of Clams).

Relaying and transplanting activities are not considered harvesting operations.

II. TAGGING REQUIREMENTS

A. Harvest Tags - It is unlawful to possess oysters, clams or mussels in a commercial fishing operation without a harvest tag recording the time of the start of harvest, shellfish lease or franchise number if applicable, and information as described in 15A NCAC 03K .0109, affixed to each container of oysters, clams or mussels. The time of the start of harvest shall be the time when the first oyster, clam or mussel is initially removed from the water.

B. Dealer Tags - The following text additional to requirements in 15A NCAC 18A .0425 (a) (7) shall be printed in bold capitalized type on shellfish dealer tags along with other required information as described in 15A NCAC 18A .0425:

THIS TAG IS REQUIRED TO BE ATTACHED UNTIL CONTAINER IS EMPTY OR IS RETAGGED AND THEREAFTER KEPT ON FILE, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, FOR 90 DAYS." “RETAILERS: DATE WHEN LAST SHELLFISH FROM THIS CONTAINER SOLD OR SERVED (INSERT DATE)____________.”

C. Dealer tags shall also contain the statement “Keep Refrigerated”.
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