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Shellfish beds (SPOT BURN) to re-open in Barnegat Bay

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NJ Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an Administrative Order reopening additional shellfish beds in the southern portion of Barnegat Bay, effective at sunrise (6:46 a.m.) on Friday, March 29, 2013.

 

Commissioner Martin signed the order following water monitoring and tissue sampling that found no issues with contamination from bacteria or viruses as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The beds had been closed since October 29 as a precaution in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in New Jersey.

 

For more information, including area coordinates and a map of the reopened area, see the Adminstrative Order 2013-03 at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2013/shellfish_ao2013-03.pdf (pdf, 425kb) on the Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

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The official DEP release

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2013

 

Contact: Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994

Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795

Bob Considine (609) 292-2994

 

 

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION REOPENS MORE SANDY-DAMAGED SHELLFISH BEDS IN SOUTHERN BARNEGAT BAY

 

(13/P28) TRENTON - Shellfish beds in southern Barnegat Bay, from Barnegat Inlet south to an area north of Little Egg Harbor, will reopen at sunrise on Friday, March 29, as a result of an order signed by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin.

 

DEP tissue sampling of shellfish from this area of the bay now meet standards set by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, a state and federal cooperative effort that monitors and ensures the health safety of shellfish.

 

These beds had been closed since October 29 as part of a statewide closure of all New Jersey shellfish beds to commercial and recreational harvesting due to concerns over degradation of coastal water quality caused by Superstorm Sandy.

 

"We are another step closer to having all shellfish beds in Barnegat Bay reopened and we're pleased the people will be able to go back to work in this area of the bay," Commissioner Martin said.

 

Shellfish beds in two small areas of Barnegat Bay - near Waretown and in Little Egg Harbor - remain closed, as do shellfish beds in Raritan Bay. The DEP continues to monitor water quality and shellfish tissue in these areas and will reopen these beds when monitoring and sampling criteria are met.

 

To see a copy of today's signed order and a map showing the exact location of the shellfish beds that will reopen on Friday, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bmw/sandy/20130328bb3reopening.pdf

 

For a map of all reopened shellfish beds, visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bmw/sandy.html

 

For more on DEP's Marine Water Monitoring, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bmw/

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