But state environmental officials said some bays and harbors in both counties still remain off limits, pending additional water quality tests. Storm water washes pollutants into bays and harbors that can make shellfish hazardous for human consumption.
Normally certified shellfish areas in the following locations were reopened on Thursday and Friday:
Town of Southampton: Sag Harbor and outer Sag Harbor, all certified areas along the town's North Shore between Red Cedar Point and the North Haven peninsula, as well as Mecox Bay, Quantuck Bay, Quantuck Canal and Shinnecock Bay and their tributaries.
Town of Shelter Island: All shellfish lands within the town, including Coecles Harbor, Manantic Creek, West Neck Bay, West Neck Creek and West Neck Harbor.
The following areas are still closed but may be opened in the next few days:
Town of Hempstead: All shellfish lands
Town of Oyster Bay: South Oyster Bay
For updates, contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation at 631-444-0480.