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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation SS-02-2019

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SS-2-2019

PROCLAMATION

RE: TEMPERATURE AND SANITATION CONTROLS – CLOSED SEASON OYSTER HARVEST

This proclamation supersedes SS-4-2017 dated May 16, 2017. It reestablishes the National Shellfish Sanitation Program requirements that mandate measures to control the temperature of oysters 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 expands the requirement of receiving oysters at a licensed shellfish dealer and placing under mechanical refrigeration within 5 hours from the time of harvest from May 1 through October 14.

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 taken from shellfish leases or franchises in Coastal Fishing Waters:

I. Time Period

The following restrictions are in effect for all commercial oyster harvesting operations for the time period of April 1 through October 14.

Relaying and transplanting activities are not considered harvesting operations.

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