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-10-2023

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

Effective Date: Shellfish reopening effective at sunrise, Thursday, February 9, 2023.

Issued Date: 2/8/2023

Counties Affected: Carteret

PA-9-2023

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Tubbs Inlet, Shallotte River, the Intracoastal Waterway behind Holden Beach, Lockwoods Folly River, Ward Creek, and Whitehurst Creek.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective at sunrise, Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

Issued Date: 2/7/2023

Counties Affected: Brunswick and Carteret

PA-8-2023

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: All those waters in Ocean Isle near the Ferry Landing Park between IWW Beacon "84" and IWW Marker "89", all those waters in Holden Beach between the permanent closure line near IWW Beacon "69" and IWW Marker "71", Sleepy Creek, and Oyster Creek. 

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective at sunrise, Friday, February 3, 2023.

Issued Date: 2/02/2023

Counties Affected: Brunswick and Carteret

PA-7-2023

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Stump Sound, Alligator Bay, Salliers Bay, White Oak River, Newport River, and Core Creek.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective at sunrise, Thursday, February 2, 2023.

Issued Date: 2/1/2023

Counties Affected: Pender, Onslow, and Carteret

PA-6-2023

This proclamation closes the following areas in Carteret County: A portion of Newport River and Core Creek

Effective Date: Shellfish Temporary Closures effective 8:05 A.M., Monday, January 30, 2023.

Issued Date: 1/30/2023

Counties Affected: Carteret

PA-5-2023

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Chadwick Bay and a portion of Newport River.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective at sunrise, Saturday, January 28, 2023.

Issued Date: 1/27/2023

Counties Affected: Onslow and Carteret

PA-4-2023

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, and a portion of the White Oak River.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective sunrise, Friday, January 27, 2023.

Issued Date: 1/26/2023

Counties Affected: Onslow and Carteret

PA-3-2023

This proclamation returns the following areas to normal closure boundaries: Myrtle Grove Sound, Masonboro Sound, a portion of Newport River, Core Creek, and a portion of North River.

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective sunrise, Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Issued Date: 1/25/2023

Counties Affected: New Hanover and Carteret

PA-2-2023

This proclamation closes the following areas in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Carteret Counties: All waters between IWW "84" and the South Carolina State Line, to include Tubbs Inlet; Shallotte River; the Intracoastal Waterway behind Holden Beach; Lockwoods Folly River, All waters in Myrtle Grove Sound between IWW "155" and Snows Cut; All waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between IWW "129" near Shinn Creek and IWW "155" near Carolina Beach Inlet; All waters in Stump Sound, Alligator Bay, and Chadwick Bay between Hatch Point and the Surf City Bridge; All waters from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between the Emerald Isle Bridge and Marker "65A", to include Salliers Bay, Freeman Creek, Bear Creek, Queens Creek, and White Oak River; Newport River, North River, Whitehurst Creek, Sleepy Creek, and Oyster Creek. 

Effective Date: Shellfish Temporary Closures effective 8:25 A.M., Monday, January 23, 2023.

Issued Date: 1/23/2023

Counties Affected: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Carteret.

PA-1-2023

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

Effective Date: Shellfish reopenings effective Thursday, January 5, 2023. 

Issued Date: 1/4/2023

Counties Affected: Onslow and Carteret