Harvesting of shellfish — with the exception of oysters — is now permitted again in the eastern area of Oyster Bay Harbor, lands that had been closed June 29 because of the presence of a marine bacteria, state officials said.
Testing over the past few weeks in the affected Oyster Bay Harbor area showed that the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, which can “cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, often accompanied by abdominal cramps, fever and chills,” is no longer present at problematic levels in hard clams, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said last week in a news release. Harvesting shellfish other than oysters was permitted there as of sunrise Saturday.
Still prohibited, according to the release, are the harvest of oysters “in approximately 1,100 acres of shellfish lands in that portion of Oyster Bay Harbor lying easterly of a line extending from Brickyard Point on Centre Island to the northernmost rock jetty lying north of the Town of Oyster Bay boat ramp in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.”
And, “oyster harvest also remains prohibited in 2,400 acres of shellfish lands in Cold Spring Harbor, lying south of a line extending easterly from Rocky Point on Centre Island to Whitewood Point on Lloyd Neck,” the release said.