DEC reopens several LI shellfishing spots

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Thursday reopened several shellfishing locations on Long Island, though most areas remain closed.

DEC closed the areas to shellfishing on Oct. 29 in anticipation of heavy rainfall, stormwater runoff, coastal flooding and power outages brought on by superstorm Sandy.

For updated closures and openings, call 631-444-0480. For more detailed information, call 631-444-0475 during normal business hour.

The following areas are now safe to harvest shellfish, including bay scallops.

Smithtown and Brookhaven (north shore): All of the normally certified shellfish lands in Stony Brook Harbor.

Shelter Island: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Coecles Harbor, West Neck Harbor, West Neck Creek, West Neck Bay, Menantic Creek and the portion of Shelter Island Sound lying southeasterly of a line from Paradise Point on Great Hog Neck (Town of Southold) to Crab Creek Point (Town of Shelter Island), adjacent to the Town of Shelter Island.

Southampton (north shore): All the normally certified shellfish lands in Noyac Bay and the portion of Shelter Island Sound lying southeasterly of a line from Paradise Point on Great Hog Neck (Town of Southold) to Crab Creek Point (Town of Shelter Island).

East Hampton: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Northwest Harbor and Napeague Bay.

In addition, shellfishing is banned in the following areas:

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

North Hempstead and Oyster Bay (north shore): All of Hempstead Harbor lying southerly of a line extending northeasterly from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.

Oyster Bay and Huntington (north shore): All of Cold Spring Harbor lying southerly of a line extending northeasterly from the northwestern point of Cooper Bluff (Cove Neck) to the northern side of the Town of Huntington beach pavilion at West Neck Beach.

Babylon and Islip: All of Great South Bay, including tributaries.

Brookhaven (south shore): All of Great South Bay, including Nicoll Bay, Patchogue Bay, Bellport Bay and their tributaries.

Southampton: All of Quantuck Bay, Quantuck Canal and Shinnecock Bay and all the enclosed creeks, ponds, coves and harbors along the north shore of the Town of Southampton, including Hubbard Creek, Red Creek Pond, Squire Pond, Cold Spring Pond, the Sebonac Creeks, North Sea Harbor, Wooley Pond, Mill Pond and Sag Harbor.

East Hampton: All of Sag Harbor, Three Mile Harbor, Hog Creek, Accabonac Harbor, Napeague Harbor, Lake Montauk and all other creeks, bays, harbors, coves and tributaries within the town.

Shelter Island: All of Shelter Island Sound lying northerly and easterly of a line from Paradise Point, on Great Hog Neck (Southold), to Crab Creek Point (Shelter Island).

Southold: All of Shelter Island Sound, Southold Bay and its tributaries, Hashamomuck Pond, Pipes Cove, Orient Harbor, Hallock (Long Beach) Bay, Little Bay; and all other enclosed creeks, coves, and tributaries along the south shore of the Town of Southold, including Richmond Creek, Cory Creek, Cedar Beach Creek, Little Creek, Downs Creek, Haywater Cove, Broadwater Cove and Wunneweta Pond.

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