Officials have closed the Bogue Sound area in Carteret County to shellfish harvesting, because rainfall exceeded management plan criteria.
At the recommendation of the state health director, the Division of Marine Fisheries announced today that the area will be closed immediately.
"No person shall take or attempt to take any oysters, clams or mussels or possess, sell or offer for sale any oysters, clams or mussels" from the Bogue Sound, according to a press release.
The specific areas are listed below:
All those waters in the Bogue Sound closed area between Intracoastal Waterway Channel Markers #14 and #19 with the exception of all those waters in Gull Harbor and within 275 feet from the last dockage area, all those waters in Soundview canals and within 325 feet of the last dockage area, all those waters in Jumping Run Creek and within 275 feet of the last dockage area, and all other tributaries, creeks and canals from the mouth upstream within said boundaries.