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Special Shellfish Closures

There are temporary shellfish closures in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

For the most up-to-date shellfish closure information, please call our Emergency Closure Hotline at 631-444-0480. You may also call the Shellfisheries office at 631-444-0492 during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM.

Due to the increased potential for the contamination of shellfish lands from the large number of boats anchored and serving as overnight living quarters, shellfish lands in the Towns of Brookhaven, Oyster Bay and Huntington will be closed to shellfishing over the Labor Day weekend.

Effective at sunrise Saturday, September 5, 2015 and continuing through Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (both dates inclusive) the following areas will be closed to the harvest of shellfish:

Town of Brookhaven (north shore): All the normally certified area of the Port Jefferson Harbor Complex, including the Narrows and Pirate's Cove.

Town of Huntington: All that area of the Sand Hole (local name), including tributaries, located northerly of a line extending due east from the southernmost point of land which forms the western shore of the inlet to the Sand Hole to the opposite shoreline, on the eastern side of said inlet.

Note: For the purposes of this description The Sand Hole is the northerly portion of a tidal lagoon also known as Sand Diggers Cove (local name) and is located on Lloyd Neck, southwesterly of Lloyd Point. The Sand Hole is that area situated within and adjacent to Caumsett State Park, northerly and easterly of the sand spit which separates the Sand Hole from the lagoon's inlet to Long Island Sound.

Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All that area of West Harbor, in Oyster Bay Harbor, including tributaries, lying easterly of a line extending northerly from the northwesternmost point of land approximately 600 yards north of Brickyard Point (on Centre Island) to the westernmost point of the beach pavilion at Centre Island Beach (located on the south side of Bayville Avenue/Centre Island Road) and lying westerly of Centre Island.


Note: West Harbor is the local name for that portion of Oyster Bay Harbor located westerly of the Centre Island Peninsula.

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