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Temporary Emergency Shellfish Closures

There are temporary emergency closures in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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.

Effective immediately on Friday, April 11, 2014 the temporary emergency shellfish closures affecting Suffolk County has been partially rescinded. The following areas are now open to shellfishing:

1. Town of Southampton: All the normally certified areas in Shinnecock Bay, Mecox Bay, Flanders Bay, Hubbard Creek, Red Cedar Creek, Squire Pond, Cold Spring Pond, Sebonac Creek, Wooley Pond, Noyac Creek and Mill Creek.

Effective immediately on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 the temporary emergency shellfish closures affecting Suffolk County has been partially rescinded. The following areas are now open to shellfishing:

1. Town of Southold: All the normally certified areas within the Town of Southold, including Fishers Island.

2. Town of Shelter Island: All the normally certified areas within the Town of Shelter Island.

3. Town of Brookhaven (south shore): All the normally certified areas in Great South Bay, Nicoll Bay, Patchogue Bay and Bellport Bay lying east of Nicoll Point.

4. Town of Southampton: All the normally certified areas in North Sea Harbor and Sag Harbor.

Note 1: The conditional areas in North Sea Harbor and Sag Harbor remain uncertified (closed) due to the rainfall recorded on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Effective immediately on Saturday, April 5, 2014 the temporary emergency shellfish closures affecting Nassau and Suffolk Counties has been partially rescinded. The following areas are now open to shellfishing:

1. Town of Southampton: All the normally certified areas of eastern Shinnecock Bay, lying easterly of the Ponquogue Bridge.

2. Town of Southold: All of the seasonally certified area in northern Mattituck Creek.

Effective immediately on Friday, April 4, 2014 the temporary emergency shellfish closures affecting Nassau and Suffolk Counties has been partially rescinded. The following areas are now open to shellfishing:

1. Town of Hempstead: All the normally certified areas of Hempstead Bay.

2. Town of Huntington: All the normally certified areas of Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor and Centerport Harbor/

3. Town of Brookhaven (north shore): All the normally certified areas of Stony Brook Harbor, Port Jefferson Harbor, and Mount Sinai Harbor.

4. Town of Smithtown: All the normally certified areas of Stony Brook Harbor.

5. Town of East Hampton: All the normally certified areas of Montauk Harbor (Lake Montauk), Three Mile Harbor, Hog Creek, Acabonac Harbor and Napeague Harbor.

Note: All other areas designated as uncertified for the harvest of shellfish by the emergency designation dated March 31, 2014 remain uncertified until a determination is made that conditions no longer exist that may make shellfish hazardous for use as food. The following areas remain uncertified and the harvest of shellfish is temporarily prohibited:

1. Town Oyster Bay (south shore): All that area of South Oyster Bay and their tributaries.

2. Towns of Babylon and Islip: All that area of Great South Bay and its tributaries lying westerly of the northbound span of the Robert Moses Causeway bridges.

3. Towns of Islip and Brookhaven (south shore): All that area of northern Great South Bay, including Nicoll Bay and Patchogue Bay, lying northerly of a line extending easterly from the southern base of the northbound span of the Robert Moses Causeway (north side of Captree Island) to Buoy R "6" Fl R 4s (West Channel) to Buoy R "4" Fl R 2.5s (south of Nicoll Point) to Buoy GR "EN" Fl (2+1) G 6s (Nicoll Bay) to Buoy R N "30" (south of Green Point) through Buoys R N "32", R "34" FL R 2.5s and G "35" Fl G 4s (south of Blue Point) to Buoy R "36" Fl R 6s (south of Swan River) to Buoy G C "37" to Buoy G "1" Fl G 2.5s (south of Howells Point) thence proceeding southeasterly from buoy G "1" Fl G 2.5s to the flag tower at Bellport Beach (located on the barrier beach, Fire Island).

4. Town of Brookhaven (south shore): All of Bellport Bay lying easterly of a line extending southerly from Howells Point through Buoy G "1" Fl G 2.5s, thence proceeding southeasterly to the flag tower at Bellport Beach; and, all of Moriches Bay and its tributaries.

5. Towns of Riverhead and Southampton: All that area of Flanders Bay and tributaries lying westerly of a line extending southwesterly from Miamogue Point to the northernmost point of Red Cedar Point.

6. Town of Southampton: All that area of outer Sag Harbor; AND, all that area of Moriches Bay, Quantuck Bay, Quantuck Canal and their tributaries.

7. Town of East Hampton: All that area of Sag Harbor and its tributaries, lying south of a line extending easterly from the northernmost tip of the large stone breakwater in the outer portion of Sag Harbor, to the northernmost tip of Barcelona Point AND, all that area of Northwest Harbor and its tributaries, lying west of a line extending southerly from the westernmost point of land at Cedar Point to the northernmost tip of Barcelona Point.

This action was taken to protect the public health. Stormwater runoff caused by heavy rainfall carries bacteria and other pathogens into adjacent surface waters. When water quality in the enclosed creeks, coves, harbors and bays is adversely affected, shellfish in those areas have an increased potential to be hazardous for use as food.


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