National Fisherman


New York State has certified East End waters as safe for the consumption of local shellfish, and shellfish harvesting will again be allowed in most East End waters starting on Friday.

The new certification applies to enclosed harbors, creeks and coves off Peconic, Shinnecock and Gardiners Bay in Southampton Town and East Hampton Town.

The lifting of the restriction means that the annual bay scallop harvest will finally be able to get underway in earnest, more than two weeks after harvesting should have started in Southampton Town and four days late in East Hampton Town.

The state closed shellfishing in almost all coastal bays on the Long Island following Hurricane Sandy because of fears about dangerously elevated bacteria levels caused by flooded septic systems and sewage treatment plants that may have malfunctioned because of high water levels from Sandy's storm surge.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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