Acres of coastal waters will close to shellfish harvest

Morehead City

State fisheries authorities will close 2,450 acres of coastal waters to shellfish harvest tomorrow after they failed to meet required bacteriological standards.

Additionally, 50 acres in the Stump Sound area (B-9) of Pender County that closed to shellfish harvest last year will reopen after 2016 sampling showed improved water quality.

The shellfish classification changes are based on water quality samples tested for the past five years for required sanitary surveys and annual reviews of the state’s shellfish growing areas. Three of the past five years saw above average rainfall that causes stormwater runoff that, in turn, washes human and animal waste into the water.

The Division of Marine Fisheries will continue to monitor these areas and if conditions change, they could reopen in the future.

Areas that will close are:

Growing Area Name

Area No.

County

Specific Closure Area

Acres

Lockwoods Folly River Area

A-3

Brunswick

Lockwoods Folly River

120

Spring Creek

55

Wrightsville Beach Area

B-7

New Hanover

Oakwinds Marina

6

Canady’s/Mason’s marinas

1

Topsail Sound Area

B-8

Pender

Mallard Bay Area

17

Mill Creek Area

C-1

Onslow

Fullard Creek

37

Bayshore Marina

4

Queens Creek Area

D-2

Onslow

Queens Creek

93

White Oak River Area

D-3

Carteret

Boathouse/Dubling creeks

22

Deer Creek Area

D-4

Carteret

Bogue Sound Drive Canal

3

North River/Harker’s Island Area

E-6/E-7

Carteret

National Park Service Boat Basin

1

Jane’s Creek

132

Sleepy Creek

25

Core Creek/South River Area

F-2

Craven/Carteret

South River

552

Cedar Creek

95

Godfrey Creek

28

Delamar Creek

10

Kellum Creek

9

Oriental/Broad Creek Area

F-5

Pamlico

Broad/Brown creeks

384

Bay River Area

F-6

Pamlico

Vandemere Area

133

Bear Creek

75

Ball Creek

34

Swanquarter Area

G-3

Hyde

Rose Bay

67

Swanquarter Bay

47

Wysocking Bay Area

G-4

Hyde

Outfall Canal/Sage Bay

130

Engelhard Area

G-5

Hyde

Far Creek/Waupopin Creek

370

 

For specific boundaries, see PA-PC-2017.

For more information, contact Shannon Jenkins, with the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section, at 252-808-8148.

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