Shelter Island: Dering Harbor
Pursuant to the provisions of 6NYCRR 47.3(b), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the Town of Shelter Island, will initiate a conditional shellfish harvesting program for a portion of the uncertified shellfish lands in Dering Harbor. In order to take advantage of this program, please read the following:
1. Program Duration:
This program will be in effect from November 21, 2016 through May 12, 2017 (both dates inclusive) between the hours of 9AM and sunset. Many towns operate the same program(s) year to year. This page will be left up after the program ends to provide general information on conditional programs in the Town of Shelter Island.
2. Conditional Harvesting Area Description:
All that area of Dering Harbor, including tributaries, lying south of a line extending easterly from the northeasternmost corner of the bulkhead at the easternmost point of land at the Shelter Island Yacht Club (east of Chequit Point, local names, local landmarks), to the utility pole LIL 2 located near the shoreline, approximately 135 feet north of the intersection of Shore Road and Winthrop Road (local names, local landmarks),
EXCEPT all that area, including tributaries, lying southerly of a line extending westerly from the northwestern corner of the bulkhead protecting the shoreline at the Piccozzi Fuel Oil Company storage tank area (local landmark) to utility pole LIL 23 (located on the eastern side of Clinton Avenue approximately 500 feet northerly of the bridge crossing the entrance to Chase Creek, local names and local landmarks).
Exceptions Remain Uncertified.
3. Conditions To Be Met:
Normal operation at the sewage treatment plant and continued successful treatment of the sewage effluent. Following any event at the STP that results in the discharge of less than completely treated effluent the harvest area will remain closed until that time as testing shows that water quality meets the criteria for a certified shellfish harvesting area. This means that following an event, additional samples will be taken on the next possible day, and depending on the results of those tests, the area could be reopened to harvesting on the 2nd or 3rd day following the collection of the samples. Completely treated effluent means that the effluent has undergone the treatment specified under the requirements of the STP's SPDES permit.
4. Daily Public Notification:
Each morning, beginning at 8:45 a.m., a recorded telephone message will announce the status of the conditional area as open or closed. The telephone number of the recorded message is (631) 749-0400 (option 9, then option 7).
Prior to harvesting in this area, it is the responsibility of each harvester to determine whether the "open" status message has been given for that particular day. Until the "open" message is available via the public notification system described above, the area is uncertified and the harvest of shellfish is prohibited.
Copies of the orders opening or closing the area will be posted in the NYSDEC Marine Resources Headquarters Office in East Setauket.
Telephone calls regarding the status of the area may be made to the NYSDEC Shellfisheries Section at (631) 444-0492.
5. Special Notes
Holiday Closures: all conditional areas will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, Christmas Day, December 25, 2016 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2017.
This conditional shellfish harvesting program may be suspended, revised or terminated at any time if water quality is determined to be in contravention of the bacteriological standards for certified shellfish lands or if any other condition is found to exist which may be a threat to public health.
Harvesting before the area opens in the morning or any other time the area is in the closed status will cause a suspension of the program.