Additional Shellfish Areas in Suffolk County Closed Following Detection of Marine Biotoxin

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Lands Temporarily Closed Pending Further Tests

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that additional shellfish harvesting areas in particular bays off on the north shore of Long Island have been temporarily closed due to the detection of a marine biotoxin.

The closure impacts approximately 5,200 acres, covering all the shellfishing lands in Huntington Bay and Lloyd Harbor south of a line that runs from the northern tip of Lloyd Point to the northern tip of Eatons Neck Point.

The precaution was taken after DEC determined that shellfish samples that were collected near the mouth of Lloyd Harbor on May 27 were positive for the presence of a marine biotoxin.

On May 7, DEC closed approximately 2,000 acres in Northport Bay, Centerport Harbor and Duck Island Harbor after detecting biotoxin in shellfish in Northport Harbor and Northport Bay.

To protect public health, all shellfish harvesting in these lands is prohibited until further notice.

DEC will re-open areas as soon as possible based on the results of laboratory analyses of shellfish and water samples that will be collected during the week. A recorded message advising harvesters of the status of shellfish areas may be heard by calling (631) 444-0480. The message will be updated during the course of the temporary closure.

Please also see the attached map of the newly closed area.