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Temporary Emergency Shellfish Closures

For the most up to date temporary emergency closure information, please call our hotline at (631) 444-0480. For any other questions, please call the main shellfish office at (631) 444-0492 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM until 4:45 PM.

Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Testing has determined that conditions that may cause shellfish to be hazardous for use as food are no longer present in some areas.

Effective sunrise, Thursday, December 18, 2014 it is lawful to harvest shellfish from the following areas:

  1. Towns of Babylon and Islip: All the normally certified areas of Great South Bay lying east of a line extending southerly, from the southernmost tip of Bergen Point (Babylon), to the eastern side of the boat basin at Town of Babylon's Cedar Beach Marina on the barrier island.

Effective sunrise, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 it is lawful to harvest shellfish from the following areas:

  1. Town of North Hempstead: All the normally certified area of Hempstead Harbor.
  2. Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All the normally certified areas of Oyster Bay Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor and outer Hempstead Harbor.
  3. Town of Huntington: All the normally certified areas of Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Lloyd Harbor and Cold Spring Harbor.
  4. Town of Southampton: All the normally certified area of Sag Harbor and its tributaries and the normally certified area in outer Sag Harbor lying east of the stone breakwater.
  5. Town of East Hampton: All the normally certified area of outer Sag Harbor lying east of the stone breakwater; all the normally certified and seasonally certified areas of Northwest Harbor; and, all of the seasonally certified area in Northwest Creek.

Effective sunrise, Saturday, December 13, 2014, it is lawful to harvest shellfish from the following areas:

  1. Town of Huntington: The normally certified areas of Huntington Bay.

The extraordinary stormwater runoff associated with the heavy rainfall event of December 9, 2014 may result in conditions causing shellfish to be hazardous for use as food.

Effective 3:00 pm on December 9, 2014, it is unlawful to harvest shellfish from the following areas:

  1. Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay (south shore): All that area of Hempstead Bay, East Bay and South Oyster Bay and their tributaries in the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay.
  2. Towns of Babylon and Islip: All that area of Great South Bay and its tributaries lying west of a line extending southerly, from the southernmost tip of Bergen Point (Babylon), to the eastern side of the boat basin at Town of Babylon's Cedar Beach Marina on the barrier island.

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