Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Jeffrey P. Engel, M.D., 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 areas:
ONSLOW / CARTERET COUNTIES
All those waters from the IWW to the mainland between IWW Beacon #58 near Bear Creek in Onslow County and the Emerald Isle High-rise Bridge in Carteret County, to include Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, and all other creeks and tributaries within said boundaries.
The following also remains closed:
BRUNSWICK / NEW HANOVER / CARTERET / PAMLICO / BEAUFORT / HYDE / DARE COUNTIES
All those waters between Beacon #89 near Ocean Isle Beach and the South Carolina State Line.
All those waters between IWW Beacon “154” near Carolina Beach Inlet, and IWW Beacon “134” near Hewletts Creek.
North River - All those waters in North River upstream of a line across the River beginning at the Oyster House on the west shore; thence in a straight line to the north shore of the mouth of Ward Creek.
Oyster Creek - All those waters in Oyster Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
All those waters north and west of a line beginning at Long Shoal Point thence in a straight line To Long Point; thence in a straight line to the northernmost tip of Hog Island; thence in a straight line to Bluff Point; thence in a straight line to Juniper Bay Point on the east shore of Juniper Bay; thence in a straight line to the southernmost point of Great Island Marsh; thence in a straight line to Shell Point on the west shore of Swanquarter Bay; thence in a straight line to Sow Island Point on the north shore of Jones Bay; to include all of Juniper Bay, Swanquarter Bay, Pungo River, Pamlico River, Spencer Bay, Rose Bay, West Bluff Bay, East Bluff Bay, Wysocking Bay and Long Shoal River and all other tributaries within said boundaries.
All those waters south and west of a line beginning at a point on the eastern end of Sow Island Point on the north shore of Jones Bay; thence in a straight line to the northeastern end of Maw Point near the mouth of Bay River; thence in a straight line to the north end of Point of Marsh; thence in a straight line to a point on the northwestern shore of North Bay; to include all of Jones Bay, Bay River, Neuse River, West Bay, North Bay and all other tributaries within said boundaries.
All those waters 200 yards offshore of the sound side of Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands, between the north side of Ocracoke Inlet and the south side of Oregon Inlet.
All those waters north of a straight line from a point on the southern end of Oregon Inlet thence across Pamlico Sound to Roanoke Marshes Point, to include Croatan Sound, Roanoke Sound and Albemarle Sound.
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 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 Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. These temporary closures are due to rainfall and resultant runoff.
September 8, 2011