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For Release: Friday, March 29, 2013

DEC Re-Opens South Shore Areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties for Shellfish Harvesting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced it has rescinded the last of the temporary emergency shellfish closures that were implemented in response to the coastal flooding and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 6,200 acres of underwater lands in South Oyster Bay and Great South Bay will re-open for shellfish harvesting. DEC had initially implemented the shellfishing closures on Monday, October 29 and extended those closures to protect public health.

Effective at sunrise on Saturday, March 30, 2013, the temporary emergency closures that were initially implemented on October 29, 2012 have been rescinded. The harvest of shellfish is permitted from the following areas:

Town of Hempstead: All the normally certified shellfish lands in South Oyster Bay, lying easterly of the Wantagh Parkway (Jones Beach Causeway).

Town of Oyster Bay: All the normally certified shellfish areas of South Oyster Bay.

Town of Babylon: All the normally certified shellfish areas of Great South Bay.

A recorded message advising harvesters about temporary emergency shellfish closures may be heard at (631) 444-0480. For additional information on the status of shellfish lands, please call the Shellfisheries Office during normal business hours at (631) 444-0475.

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