Shellfishing in Northwest Creek

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Citing water quality improvements, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on September 24 announced that it would reopen shellfish harvesting in some 300 acres of Suffolk County waters in East Hampton, Southold and Babylon towns.

Among the areas to be reopened are 88 acres in Northwest Creek, which will be “seasonally certified,” meaning they can be opened to shellfishing from December 15 through April 30 of each year.

The DEC said water testing had shown decreases in harmful bacteria in the waters, which will be reopened.

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