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.
There are temporary emergency closures in the towns of Riverhead, Southampton and Southold due to the presence of marine biotoxins in shellfish and carnivorous gastropods. These closures will continue until a determination is made that marine biotoxins are no longer present at levels that may make shellfish and carnivorous gastropods hazardous for use as food.
Effective May 29, 2015, it is lawful to harvest shellfish from the following areas:
Town of Southampton: All the normally certified areas of western Shinnecock Bay lying northwesterly of a line extending northeast from the southernmost point of land at Philips Point to the southernmost point of land at Pine Neck Point.
NOTE: The harvest of conchs (whelks) and other carnivorous gastropods remain prohibited in all that area of Shinnecock Bay lying west of the southbound lanes of the Ponquogue Bridge and east of the western side of the Post Lane Bridge in Quogue, where it has been prohibited since May 7, 2015.
Effective May 14, 2015, it is unlawful to harvest shellfish and carnivorous gastropods from the following areas:
Town of Southold: All that area of James Creek, a tributary of Great Peconic Bay.
Note: James Creek is already seasonally uncertified May 1 through November 30, both dates inclusive, for the harvest of shellfish.
Effective May 6, 2015, it is unlawful to harvest shellfish and carnivorous gastropods from the following areas:
Town of Riverhead: All that area of Meetinghouse Creek and Terry Creek, tributaries of Flanders Bay.
Note: Meetinghouse Creek and Terry Creek are already uncertified year-round for the harvest of shellfish.
More about Temporary Emergency Shellfish Closures:
- Large Map of Temporary Emergency Shellfish Closure - Large map of temporary emergency shellfish closures in Suffolk County.