Shellfish regulations take effect

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 01:58 PM.

When shellfish are exposed to air, they close. Bacteria inside the animal can multiply when the oysters or clams are exposed to warm air temperatures for a long time. If the bacteria multiply to very high levels, they can cause moderate to severe gastrointestinal illness.

While there have been no outbreaks of illness caused by eating North Carolina oysters or clams, several outbreaks caused by these bacteria have occurred along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts during the past year, according to the DMF information.

For more specifics on the regulations see Proclamations SS-1-2014 and SS-2-2014 at


For more information, contact Steve Murphey with the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section at 252-808-8155 or

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