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High bacterial levels have closed permanently over 56,000 acres of shellfish beds along the coast. In Carteret County's Jumping Run Creek high levels closed beds except for a few days each year. The Jumping Run Creek Shellfish Restoration Project, started in 1997, seeks to develop water-quality improvement strategies that might reopen polluted beds along the coast.
Many shellfishing areas in North Carolina waters are either closed or temporarily closed because of pollution. Such closings affect not only the economy and the consumer but also those whose livelihood depends on shellfishing. Henderson discusses the status of the shellfishing industry today.