15A NCAC 18A .0904      APPROVED AREAS

An area classified as approved for shellfish harvesting for direct market purposes, must satisfy the following criteria as indicated by a sanitary survey:

(1)           the shoreline survey has indicated that there is no significant point source contamination;

(2)           the area is not contaminated with fecal material, pathogenic microorganisms, poisonous and deleterious substances, or marine biotoxins that may render consumption of the shellfish hazardous;

(3)           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 ten 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 adverse pollution conditions.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑230;

Eff. June 1, 1989.