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DEC: Shellfishing Closed on Long Island

Outages, environmental concerns lead government to restrict waters across the region.

Shellfishing is still closed across Long Island, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation said.

The closure, which extends to practically all shellfishing waters in the region, is due to health concerns following coastal flooding and power outages from Hurricane Sandy, the DEC said. Extreme flooding, which can wash chemicals and other materials into bays, could pollute waters.

Shellfishing will be closed through Nov. 13.

The news is unfortunate for areas on the East End, since Peconic Bay scallop season was slated to open on Monday.

Below is the full list from the DEC on the bay closures:

Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay (south shore): All of Hempstead Bay, East Bay and South Oyster Bay and their tributaries.

Town of North Hempstead: All of Hempstead Harbor south of a line from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.

Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All of Oyster Bay Harbor, all of Cold Spring Harbor south of a line from Rocky Point (Centre Island) to Whitewood Point on Lloyd Neck (Town of Huntington); and all of Hempstead Harbor south of a line from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.

Towns of Babylon and Islip: All of Great South Bay and its tributaries.

Towns of Brookhaven (south shore): All of Great South Bay, including Nicoll Bay, Patchogue Bay, Bellport Bay and their tributaries; and, all of Narrow Bay, all of Moriches Bay and their tributaries.

Town of Brookhaven (north shore): All of Stony Brook Harbor, Port Jefferson Harbor and Mount Sinai Harbor.

Town of Huntington: All of Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Lloyd Harbor; and, all of Huntington Bay south of a line extending from Lloyd Point to Eatons Neck; and, all of Cold Spring Harbor south of a line extending from Rocky Point, on Centre Island (Town of Oyster Bay), to Whitewood Point on Lloyd Neck.

Town of Smithtown: All of Stony Brook Harbor and its tributaries.

Town of Riverhead: All of Flanders Bay and its tributaries.

Town of Southampton: All of Flanders Bay, Great Peconic Bay, Little Peconic Bay, North Sea Harbor, Noyack Bay, Sag Harbor Shelter Island Sound, Moriches Bay, Quantuck Bay, Quantuck Canal and Shinnecock Bay and all other creeks, bays, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Southampton.

Town of East Hampton: All of Sag Harbor, Northwest Harbor, Three Mile Harbor, Accabonac Harbor, Napeague Bay, Napeague Harbor, Lake Montauk and all other creeks, bays, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of East Hampton.

Town of Shelter Island: All of Shelter Island Sound, Coecles Harbor, Dering Harbor, West Neck Harbor, Northwest Harbor and all other creeks, bays, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Shelter Island.

Town of Southold: All of Great Peconic Bay, Little Peconic Bay, Southold Bay, Cutchogue Harbor, Pipes Cove, Orient Harbor, Hallock (Long Beach) Bay, Shelter Island Sound; Hay Harbor, West Harbor and East Harbor on Fishers Island; and all other creeks, bays, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Southold.

Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Via East Hampton Patch Facebook, Michael Grande said, "I hope the Trustees of EH can get some clarity on this. Is the water ok to harvest? We received a minimal amount of rainfall. Runoff from sanitation systems was non existent. It would be a shame to delay the opening of scallops, and the harvest of other shellfish because the DEC is focused (and rightfully so) elsewhere."
Michael Bredemeyer November 04, 2012 at 11:33 PM
um hello.. news flash.. flooding from storms and flooding of homes... can lead to contaminates.... oil, paints, gasoline, and other things.. did you consider this ?? guess not
Michael Scott November 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Michael, that was just down right nasty. And you sound like a 12 year old girl, um hello! She's asking a question genius.
Michael Bredemeyer November 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Um I'm 25, and she should not be concerned about dam scalping right now after huge hurricane that likely has ruined the season ..2ndly.. She should be doing Sandy coverage... Both fire fighter and work for state... Um I'm 25, and she should not be concerned about dam scalping right now after huge hurricane that likely has ruined the season ..2ndly.. She should be doing Sandy coverage... Both fire fighter and work for state...
Concerned Long Islander November 19, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Now I'm confused...I just read a Nov. 17 "Patch" item that said in-shell scallops from Peconic Bay is available (this is dated Nov. 3). I "get" the storm and contamination issue...but why the article about harvesting in-shell scallops being available, if they're not???

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