15A NCAC 18A .0431 STANDARDS FOR AN APPROVED SHELLFISH GROWING AREA
In order that an area be approved for shellfish harvesting for direct market purposes the following criteria must be satisfied as indicated by sanitary survey:
(1) the shoreline survey has indicated that there is no significant point source contamination;
(2) the area is not so contaminated with fecal material that consumption of the shellfish might be hazardous;
(3) the area is not so contaminated with radionuclides or industrial wastes that consumption of the shellfish might be hazardous; and
(4) the median fecal coliform Most Probable Number (MPN) or the geometric mean MPN of water shall not exceed 14 per 100 milliliters, and not more than 10 percent of the samples shall exceed a fecal coliform MPN of 43 per 100 milliliters (per five tube decimal dilution) in those portions of areas most probably exposed to fecal contamination during most unfavorable hydrographic conditions.
History Note: Authority G.S. 130A‑230;
Eff. February 1, 1987.