Seafood sellers running out of shellfish

Thursday marked day number eight of the temporary ban on shellfishing in our area. The ban remains in effect in all coastal waters, preventing the harvesting of any oysters, clams, or mussels. Increased levels of bacteria due to runoff from last week's heavy rains prompted the ban. Seafood sellers are quickly running out of local oysters to sell for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Department of Marine Fisheries will continue to test the water quality and will reopen the waters once they clear.

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the nc marine fisheries has open lockwood folly river and all those waters in brunswick county accept for those waters between marker #71 icww to 48A icww This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Brunswick County to include Shallotte River and Lockwoods Folly River with the exception of those waters between ICWW Marker #71 and Fl Beacon #48A; a portion of Bogue Sound to include Hoop Pole Creek, Tar Landing Bay; Oyster Creek; Nelson Bay; a portion of Long Bay; West Thorofare Bay; West Bay; and Turnagain Bay. PA-99-2009 PROCLAMATION RE: SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREA 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 changes in shellfish harvesting areas will take effect at sunrise, Friday, November 20, 2009. All those waters in Brunswick and Carteret Counties will return to the status in existence immediately prior to the November 11 and 12, 2009 temporary closure with the following exceptions which will remain closed: BRUNSWICK / NEW HANOVER / PENDER / ONSLOW / CARTERET / PAMLICO / BEAUFORT / HYDE / DARE COUNTIES All those waters between ICWW marker “71” near western Holden Beach and FL Beacon #48A near eastern Holden Beach in Brunswick County. All those waters between ICWW Marker #134 near Hewletts Creek and Snows Cut. All those waters bordered on the east by a line beginning on the west shore of Spooner’s Creek running southerly through Bogue Sound to the eastern Pine Knoll Shores Canal in Carteret County and bordered on the southwest by a line running from the mainland through ICWW Marker #122 near Howe Creek to Figure Eight Island in New Hanover County, to include Topsail Sound, Stump Sound, New River, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, a portion of Bogue Sound, and all other tributaries within said boundaries (see map). Newport River - All those waters in Newport River upstream of the Highway 70 High Rise Bridge and Morehead-Beaufort Causeway, to include all tributaries and Core Creek. North River - All those waters upstream of a straight line beginning at a point on the northwest shore of Goose Bay thence in a straight line across the river near the old Fl. "Danger" Beacon; thence to a point at 34°44.4581’N - 76°3826’ W; on the shore south of Cow Pen Creek to include all of Ward Creek. Long Bay – All those waters in Long Bay upstream of a straight line from the north shore of Fur Creek running easterly to Swimming Point (see map). 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 western shore of Turnagain Bay, to include Jones Bay, Bay River, Neuse River, and all other tributaries within said boundaries (see map). All those waters north and west of a straight line beginning at a point on the east shore of Pungo River at Willow Point thence in a straight line across the mouth of Pungo River to a point on the west shore at Wades Point; thence in a straight line across the mouth of the Pamlico River to Pamlico Point; thence in a straight line across Mouse Harbor to Little Porpoise Point thence in a straight line to Big Porpoise Point; thence in a straight line across Big Porpoise Bay and Middle Bay to Sow Island Point; to include Pungo River, Pamlico River, and all other tributaries within said boundaries. Rose Bay – All those waters in Rose Bay upstream of a straight line beginning at Long Point running southeasterly through Marker #3 to the northwestern tip of Judith Island, to include Deep Bay. Wysocking Bay – All those waters in Wysocking Bay upstream of a straight line between Mackey Point and the south shore of Lone Tree Creek. Stumpy Point Bay – All those waters in Stumpy Point Bay upstream of a straight line between Kazer Point and Drain Point. 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. GENERAL INFORMATION: 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. This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Brunswick County to include Shallotte River and Lockwoods Folly River with the exception of those waters between ICWW Marker #71 and Fl Beacon #48A; a portion of Bogue Sound to include Hoop Pole Creek, Tar Landing Bay; Oyster Creek; Nelson Bay; a portion of Long Bay; West Thorofare Bay; West Bay; and Turnagain Bay. D. These reopenings are due to satisfactory bacteriological sampling results.