DEP Closes New Jersey Shellfish Beds In NY/NJ Harbor

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TRENTON—The Department of Environmental Protection temporarily closed to shellfish harvesting about 27,800 acres of Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, the Navesink River and the Shrewsbury River to protect public health from the adverse water-quality effects of last weekend’s nor’easter.

The closure took effect Wednesday.

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In the storm’s aftermath, bacteria levels exceed national criteria for safe harvesting. The DEP will continue monitoring water quality to determine when it is safe for harvesting to resume.

Click here to read the closure notice and see map detailing affected waters. (PDF format)


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