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Letter: Clamming is great at breach

The owners of a commercial fishing vessel have

The owners of a commercial fishing vessel have been fined $100,000 for harvesting clams in uncertified waters and then trying to sell the potentially tainted shellfish, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday. Bay Head Inc. of Bellport, owners of a 70-foot ocean surf clam harvesting boat, agreed to the penalty after an investigation by the state agency that also prevented the sale of 28 cages of shellfish -- possibly tainted -- from reaching consumers, according to a news release from the agency. (File photo) Credit: Craig Ruttle

If there is any doubt that better water quality will improve clamming and other shellfish opportunities in the Great South Bay, a visit to the breach created by superstorm Sandy is instructive.

Beautiful, white-shelled hard clams all but pave the bottom and literally roll to the surface when the tide is running fast. People are calling this area the best clamming in the bay.

Hopefully, the breach is there to stay. I propose that we start calling this gift from nature Pattersquash Inlet, in honor of the Algonquin place name meaning "a linear body of water flowing on the Earth's surface." The water in the entire bay seems cleaner, and we have not suffered from the higher storm tides that many of us feared. I, for one, will be celebrating the second birthday this October of Pattersquash.

Richard Remmer, Oakdale

Editor's note: The writer is the co-chairman of the Oakdale/West Sayville Community Reconstruction New York Rising Committee, a state office helping people recover from the storm.