DEC extends shellfish harvesting closures after Sandy

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation Monday morning extended the temporary closure of shellfish harvesting in bays, harbors and tributaries around Long Island it enacted as a precautionary health measure as floodwaters from superstorm Sandy rose. The closures will now remain in effect until Nov. 13.

The DEC also issued an order prohibiting the harvest of bay scallops from impacted areas.

The closed areas now designated as "uncertified" for shellfishing are:

-- Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay (south shore): All of Hempstead Bay, East Bay and South Oyster Bay and their tributaries.

-- Town of North Hempstead: All of Hempstead Harbor south of a line from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point

-- Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All of Oyster Bay Harbor, all of Cold Spring Harbor south of a line from Rocky Point (Centre Island) to Whitewood Point on Lloyd Neck (Town of Huntington); and all of Hempstead Harbor south of a line from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point

-- Towns of Babylon and Islip: All of Great South Bay and its tributaries.

-- Town of Brookhaven (south shore): All of Great South Bay, including Nicoll Bay, Patchogue Bay, Bellport Bay and their tributaries; and, all of Narrow Bay, all of Moriches Bay and their tributaries

-- Town of Brookhaven (north shore): All of Stony Brook Harbor, Port Jefferson Harbor and Mount Sinai Harbor

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-- Town of Huntington: All of Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Lloyd Harbor; and, all of Huntington Bay south of a line extending from Lloyd Point to Eatons Neck; and, all of Cold Spring Harbor south of a line extending from Rocky Point, on Centre Island (Town of OysterBay), to Whitewood Point on Lloyd Neck.

-- Town of Smithtown: All of Stony Brook Harbor and its tributaries

-- Town of Riverhead: All of Flanders Bay and its tributaries.

-- Town of Southampton: All of Flanders Bay, Great Peconic Bay, Little Peconic Bay, North Sea Harbor, Noyack Bay, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island Sound, Moriches Bay, Quantuck Bay, Quantuck Canal and Shinnecock Bay, and all other creeks, bay, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Southampton

-- Town of East Hampton: All of Sag Harbor, Northwest Harbor, Three Mile Harbor, Accabonac Harbor, Napeague Bay, Napeague Harbor, Lake Montauk and all other creeks, bays, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of East Hampton.

-- Town of Shelter Island: All of Shelter Island Sound, Coecles Harbor, Dering Harbor, West Neck Harbor, Northwest Harbor and all other creeks, bay, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Shelter Island.

-- Town of Southold: All of Great Peconic Bay, Little Peconic Bay, Southold Bay, Cutchogue Harbor, Pipes Cove, Orient Harbor, Hallock (Long Beach) Bay, Shelter Island Sound; Hay Harbor, West Harbor and East Harbor on Fishers Island; and all other creeks, bays, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Southold.

Areas that typically are not affected by stormwater runoff will remain open for harvesting, including certified areas of the Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay and the Atlantic Ocean that are minimally affected by stormwater runoff.

The DEC said the measure was taken to protect public health because stormwater runoff introduces bacteria and other pathogens into outlying waters.

The agency said it will reopen the areas "as soon as possible based on the results of water quality testing samples." Harvesters can check on the status of the closure at (631) 444-0480.

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