Cape Cod’s Nauset Marsh Closed to Shellfishing

The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that shellfish from the following areas (OC:3 in its entirety and part of OC:2) in the Town of Orleans on Cape Cod contain paralytic shellfish poison toxin (also known as “Red Tide”) from the dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense.

Under authority of Massachusetts General Laws, status of the below-defined areas have been closed to shellfishing. Digging, harvesting or collecting and/or attempting to dig, harvest or collect shellfish and the possession of shellfish from the below-defined areas is prohibited.

All permits issued thereunder are hereby conditioned to prohibit the taking, selling or possession of shellfish from the below-defined areas.


Nauset Marsh System South (OC:3 and a portion of OC:2) “The area south of a line drawn east from the northern tip of Weeset Point (at the end of Tonset Road) in the Town of Orleans to the Eastham-Orleans town boundary marker located on the northern-most tip of Tern Island in the Town of Orleans and continuing east to Nauset Beach.”

This area includes Mill Pond, Roberts Cove (area OC:3) and a portion of Nauset Harbor in Orleans (part of area OC:2).

For more details:

Mass Gov: Marine Fisheries Nocitces

MA Div. Marine Fisheries: Designated Shellfish Growing Area (PDF)

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New England Boating (March 16, 2011): Researchers Study Cape Cod’s Red Tide

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