Polluted Area Proclamations

Polluted area proclamations include temporary closures and re-openings to shellfish harvest as a result of bacteriological water quality, as well as changes in descriptions of permanently closed areas due to Sanitary Survey findings.

To reach the 24-hour automated message listing the latest shellfish harvest closures, please dial 252-515-5656.  For questions regarding bacteriological closures, call Andrew Haines at 252-515-5617, or email him at Andrew.haines@deq.nc.gov.

2021 Proclamations

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Shellfish Sanitation Maps

To see an interactive map of temporary closures: Click here.

To access maps of permanently closed areas and written permanent closure descriptions: Click here. (Click on the growing area label in the map and then click on the "Attachments" link that appears in the pop up window.) 

To receive recent maps referenced in proclamations via mail, contact Andrew Haines (Andrew.Haines@deq.nc.gov), or call 252-515-5617.

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Proclamations

Proclamations

PA-60-2024

This proclamation closes the following areas in New Hanover County: All those waters between Snows Cut and the Wrightsville Beach Bridge, to include Myrtle Grove Sound, Masonboro Sound, and Greenville Sound. 

Effective Date: Shellfish temporary closures effective at 7:40 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/20/2024

Counties Affected: New Hanover

PA-59-2024

This proclamation closes the following areas in Carteret County: A portion of Newport River, Core Creek, Oyster Creek and Brett Bay.

Effective Date: Shellfish temporary closures effective at 8:15 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/19/2024

Counties Affected: Carteret

PA-58-2024

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Queens Creek and Newport River

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective at sunrise, Thursday, July 18, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/17/2024

Counties Affected: Onslow and Carteret

PA-57-2024

This proclamation closes the following area in Onslow County: Queens Creek. 

Effective Date: Shellfish temporary closures effective at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, July 14, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/14/2024

Counties Affected: Onslow

PA-56-2024

This proclamation closes the following areas in Carteret County: A portion of Newport River. 

Effective Date: Shellfish temporary closures effective at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/13/2024

Counties Affected: Carteret

PA-55-2024

This proclamation closes the following areas in Brunswick County: Tubbs Inlet, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte River, and Lockwoods Folly River

Effective Date: Shellfish temporary closures effective at 8:10 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/12/2024

Counties Affected: Brunswick

PA-54-2024

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Queens Creek, White Oak River, and Newport River.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective at sunrise, Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/9/224

Counties Affected: Onslow and Carteret

PA-53-2024

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Stump Sound, Alligator Bay, Chadwick Bay, Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, a portion of Newport River, and Core Creek.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective at sunrise, Thursday, July 4, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/3/2024

Counties Affected: Onslow and Carteret

PA-52-2024

This proclamation closes the following areas in Onslow and Carteret Counties: Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, White Oak River, a portion of Newport River and Core Creek.

Effective Date: Shellfish temporary closures effective at 8:00 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2024.

Issued Date: 7/1/2024

Counties Affected: Onslow and Carteret

PA-51-2024

This proclamation returns the following area to normal closure boundaries: North River.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopening effective at sunrise, Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Issued Date: 6/28/2024

Counties Affected: Carteret