Three Mile Harbor to be temporarily closed to shellfishing

Exterior image showing the Three Mile Harbor Boat Exterior image showing the Three Mile Harbor Boat Yard in Springs, NY. (September 2012) Photo Credit: Google

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Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton will be closed to shellfish harvesting for five days beginning Saturday as the town celebrates an annual fireworks event, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.

In a Monday news release, the agency said harvesting will be prohibited from Saturday to Wednesday because of increased boating activity in the waters.

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"The closure is put in place annually during the busy festivities to protect public health from potentially contaminated shellfish associated with increased boating activity in shellfishing waters," the release said. "Boaters are reminded to utilize pump out facilities to help protect these waters."

The agency has traditionally closed the harbor to shellfishing for about 20 years as the town stages an annual fireworks show, the release said. Discharges of material from marine toilets could contaminate nearby shellfish, rendering it hazardous to human consumption, the agency said.

The agency said the area is expected to reopen for the harvesting of shellfish on July 25.

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