CapeCodOnline: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fanned an ongoing debate with Chatham when it informed town officials Thursday that the productive shellfish flats off Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge were included in the government shutdown that has paralyzed Washington and halted everything from tours of the White House to roaming the Cape Cod National Seashore.

“Due to a lapse in appropriations, all U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lands, including Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, are closed for the duration of the federal government shutdown,” read the email from Brian Willard, supervisory federal wildlife officer overseeing the eastern complex of wildlife refuges, to town officials. Willard added that the closure would affect shellfishing within the boundaries of the park.

Read more about the shutdown affecting Chatham shellfishermen.


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