Southampton: Paynes Creek/Upper Sag Harbor Cove
Pursuant to the provisions of 6NYCRR 47.3(b), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the Town of Southampton, will initiate a conditional shellfish harvesting program for portions of the uncertified shellfish lands in Paynes Creek and Upper Sag Harbor Cove. In order to take advantage of this program, please read the following:
1. Program Duration:
This program will be in effect from February 5, 2014, through April 30, 2014 (both dates inclusive).
2. Conditional Harvesting Area Description (please note all exceptions remain Uncertified):
All of the uncertified shellfish lands in Paynes Creek and Upper Sag Harbor Cove (the area adjacent to Otter Pond), excluding tributaries, as described in the NOTICE TO SHELLFISH HARVESTERS WITHIN OR ADJACENT TO THE TOWN OF SOUTHAMPTON, dated January 1, 2014.
Except: all that area of Otter Pond and the channel that connects it to Upper Sag Harbor Cove, including other small tributaries of Upper Sag Harbor Cove, and,
Except: all that area of Sag Harbor, including tributaries, lying westerly of a line extending northerly along the breakwater located at the entrance to Sag Harbor and continuing northerly from the northern end of the breakwater to the northeasternmost extremity of the timber bulkhead protecting the shoreline adjacent to East Harbor Drive, North Haven; and easterly of the westernmost portions of the fixed bridge connecting the North Haven Peninsula and Sag Harbor.
3. Conditions To Be Met:
When not more than 0.45 inches of precipitation is recorded in each of seven successive days, the area may be designated as "certified" (open) for the harvest of shellfish on the eighth day. The area may remain "certified" until more than 0.45 inches of precipitation is recorded within a 24 hour period. Harvesting may not begin until 9:00 AM.
4. Daily Public Notification:
Each day, after 8:30 AM, a recorded message announcing the status of the areas as "OPEN" or "CLOSED" can be heard at 631-287-5724.
A copy of the order "opening" or "closing" the area will be posted in the NYSDEC, Marine Resources Office in East Setauket.
Telephone calls regarding the status of these areas may also be made to the Town of Southampton at 631-287-5717 or to NYSDEC (8:30 AM to 4:45 PM) at 631-444-0475.
5. Special Notes:
The conditional shellfishing area will be CLOSED on February 17, 2014 (Presidents' Day); April 18, 2014 (Good Friday); and April 20, 2014 (Easter Sunday). Sag Harbor/Paynes Creek will not be open for Harvest on Wednesdays.
It is the responsibility of the harvester to determine whether the "Open" message has been recorded for that particular day prior to harvesting in the conditional area. Until the official "Open" message is given through notification procedure described above, the area remains uncertified and harvesting is prohibited.
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.