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DEC reopens Long Island shellfishing areas

Several more areas of the Long Island coastline were reopened Wednesday to shellfishing after being shut down March 31 over concerns about bacteria in stormwater runoff, state officials said.

Water samples tested from certain areas showed the water met standards to harvest shellfish, said the Department of Environmental Conservation. The areas had been shut down because as much as 5 inches of rain fell over the weekend of March 29 to 30, leading to more bacteria-laden stormwater runoff washing into shellfish waters, officials said.

Reopened as of Wednesday are:

In the Town of Brookhaven, all the normally certified areas of Great South Bay lying east of Nicoll Point, including Nicoll Bay, Patchogue Bay and Bellport Bay;

In the Town of Southampton, all the normally certified areas in North Sea Harbor and Sag Harbor;

In the Town of Southold, all the normally certified areas, including Fishers Island;

In the Town of Shelter Island, all the normally certified areas.

Remaining closed are all other areas that had been designated as uncertified, apart from those that had previously been reopened.

For more information, see the DEC website, Updates can also be heard at 631-444-0480.

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