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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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.