MOREHEAD CITY - The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries announced today that several areas in Carteret County have been temporarily closed to shellfishing.
Due to heavy rainfall and resultant runoff, no person may 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:
- All those waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between beacon No. 65A near Salliers Bay and the Emerald Isle high-rise bridge, to include Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River and all other creeks and tributaries within said boundaries.
- All those waters between the Emerald Isle high-rise bridge and a line beginning at a point on the east shore of Spit Bay near Jarrett Bay, then in a straight line to the southern end of Davis Island, then in a straight line to beacon No. 37 in Core Sound, then in a straight line to shell point on Harkers Island, then in a straight line across Back Sound to a point on Shackleford Banks near Banks Bay, to include Bogue Sound, Newport River, Back Sound, Middle Marshes, North River, The Straits, Whitehurst Creek, Sleepy Creek Jarrett Bay and all other creeks and tributaries within said boundaries.
- All those waters in Oyster Creek upstream of a straight line across the mouth.
- All those waters in Brett Bay upstream of a straight line from Piney Point to King Point.
- All those waters in Nelson Bay upstream of a line from Drum Point to the northern tip of Fulchers Creek.