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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SS-01-2020

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SS-1-2020

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHELLFISH TEMPERATURE AND SANITATION CONTROLS


This proclamation supersedes SS-1-2019 dated March 20, 2019. It reestablishes National Shellfish Sanitation Program requirements that mandate measures to control the temperature of shellfish after harvest, as well as other sanitation requirements for shellfish harvesters and certified shellfish dealers.

 It establishes tagging requirements for pre-harvest activities conducted off-site of shellfish leases and franchises and requires a minimum re-submergence period for shellfish that are moved to another shellfish lease or franchise in a different growing area prior to being harvested unless permitted as a wet storage dealer.


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 shellfish (oysters, clams and mussels) taken from Coastal Fishing Waters:

I. TIME PERIOD AND FISHERIES

The following restrictions are in effect for all commercial shellfish fishing operations and certified shellfish dealers, as applicable, for the time periods listed below:

A. Year round for clams and mussels (Tagging, Sanitation, Transport, Storage, Training and Re-submergence Requirements);
B. October 15 through March 31 for oysters (Tagging, Sanitation, Transport, Storage, Training and Re-submergence Requirements);
C. June through September (Shading of Clams).

II. TAGGING REQUIREMENTS

A. Harvest Tags - It is unlawful to possess shellfish 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 shellfish. The time of the start of harvest shall be the time when the first shellfish is initially removed from the water.

B. Off-site Tags - It is unlawful to possess oysters greater than 25mm in length, or clams greater than 12mm in length off-site of a shellfish lease or franchise for the purposes of transport, sorting, grading or cleaning without an off-site tag recording the following information:
1. Shellfish lease or franchise number;
2. Date;
3. Shellfish Growing Area;
4. The time the first shellfish was removed from the water, or in the case of intertidal gear, the time of first exposure by the receding tide; and
5. Number of containers (if bulk off-site tag)

The use of a single bulk off-site tag identifying multiple containers of shellfish to be transported, sorted, graded or cleaned is acceptable if it identifies the number of containers. Tags shall be durable, water resistant, and a minimum of two and five-eighths inches by five and one-fourth inches in size. If any shellfish are to be harvested after sorting, grading or cleaning activities, a harvest tag is then required to be attached to each container in accordance with Section II (B) above, with the original time of harvest recorded.

An example off-site tag template is available at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/ssrwq-educational-materials or can be picked up at DMF Headquarters.
C. 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)____________.”

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