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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SS-02-2017

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IV. GENERAL INFORMATION:

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C. General Statutes 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 113-221.2; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03K .0110.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. 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. The National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance requires shellfish harvesters to:
1. Keep shellfish out of bilge water and protected from contamination from fuel, oil, and other contaminants;
2. Shade shellfish when necessary to reduce the chance of temperature abuse; and
3. Protect shellfish from adulteration and contamination during transport.
4. Prevent cats, dogs, and other animals on harvest vessels or in any conveyance where shellfish is stored; and
5. Prevent overboard discharge of human sewage from harvest vessels.
E. Licensed shellfish dealers are required to keep all shellstock under mechanical refrigeration including delivery conveyances.

F. The call-in and record keeping requirements established by this proclamation eliminate the need for the Closed Oyster Season Harvest Permit for Leases and Franchises.

G. Contact Shannon Jenkins or Steve Murphey at N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, phone: 252-726-6827 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit our website at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/marine-fisheries/.

H. This proclamation reestablishes with no changes the National Shellfish Sanitation Program requirements that mandate measures to control the temperature of oysters after harvest. These measures will reduce post-harvest growth of potentially hazardous, naturally occurring bacteria in these shellfish.

 

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Braxton C. Davis, Director
DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

March 31, 2017
8:00 A.M.
SS-2-2017   

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