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) 444-0475 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM until 4:45 PM.
For your general information, there is a Google Earth file available that illustrates these emergency shellfish closures in addition to the standard shellfish closures.
Temporary Emergency Closures Are Currently in Effect in the Towns of Huntington, Southampton and Hempstead
Effective at sunrise, May 10, 2013, due to the presence of marine biotoxins in shellfish, which may cause shellfish and carnivorous gastropods, which feed on shellfish, to be hazardous for use as food, the following areas are closed until further notice for the harvest of shellfish and carnivorous gastropods (whelks, conch, moon snails, etc.):
In the Town of Southampton: All that area of Sag Harbor Cove, and its tributaries, lying westerly of the northbound lanes of the Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge (Route 114 or Ferry Road) to North Haven.
In the Town of Huntington: The harvest of shellfish and carnivorous gastropods is prohibited from all of the normally uncertified shellfish lands in Northport Harbor, Steers Canal and Northport Bay, lying southerly of a line extending northeasterly from the highest point of the green domed cupola of the residence located at 24 Mariners Court, Centerport, on the northeastern shore of Little Neck Point, to the highest point of the gazebo located between the shoreline and the residence at 8 Hawkins Drive, Northport,(local names, local landmarks), located near the eastern shore of Northport Bay AND
All that area of Huntington Harbor, including tributaries, lying southerly, westerly and easterly of a line extending easterly from the northeasternmost end of the sea wall protection at the western entrance to Huntington Harbor to the northernmost end of the rock and concrete rubble bulkhead-jetty protecting the eastern entrance to Huntington Harbor, local landmark.
A temporary emergency closure remains in effect in the Town of Hempstead: All the normally certified areas lying southerly of a line extending southwesterly from the southwestern most tip of the Goose Creek Bascule Bridge connecting Great Island (Low Island) and Green Island, continuing to the northernmost point of land at Deep Creek Meadow Island and continuing to the southwestern base of the loop parkway bridge on the eastern tip of Alder Island are open for the harvest of shellfish. All other areas of Hempstead Bay, including East Bay and its tributaries, lying west of the Wantagh Parkway (Jones Beach Causeway) remain closed for the harvest of shellfish.
More about Temporary Emergency Shellfish Closures:
- Large Map of Huntington Harbor Marine Biotoxin Closure - Huntington Harbor Marine Biotoxin Closure Effective May 10, 2013
- Large Map of Northport Marine Biotoxin Closure - Northport Marine Biotoxin Closure Effective May 10, 2013
- Large Map of Sag Harbor Marine Biotoxin Closure - Sag Harbor Marine Biotoxin Closure Effective May 10, 2013
- Large Map of Hempstead Bay Emergency Shellfish Closure - Large map of Hurricane Sandy temporary emergency shellfish closures.