MA Reopens Shellfish Beds

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that those areas listed below that were closed due to the impact of Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011, now meet the National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines for an “open” status.

The below defined areas will revert to their former status prior to the closure of August 28, 2011; effective at sunrise Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

Those areas previously classified as “approved” and in the “open” status to shellfish harvesting are now open to the harvest of shellfish for direct human consumption subject to local rules and regulations.

Similarly, those areas classified as CONDITIONALLY APPROVED are open subject to the classification conditions. Areas classified as RESTRICTED, CONDITIONALLY RESTRICTED and PROHIBITED remain closed to the harvest of shellfish for direct human consumption.

The waters, flats and all tributaries ofthe Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the New Hampshire-Massachusetts State Line south to the Rhode Island-Massachusetts State Line out to the State Boundary Line. This includes GBHI-6, MBI-MBI4, CCBI-CCB51, OCI-0CI0, SCI-SC64, NTI-NTI4, VI-V35, EI-EI4, MHBI-5, BBI-BB58, N4, N5, N7 and NI1-N28.

Restrictions on private aquaculture effective on August 30 are also discontinued.

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