First Red Tide closure of the 2012 season issued

Closure spans the Nauset Marsh System in Orleans and Eastham

In a letter to the Board of Selectmen in the Towns of Eastham and Orleans Wednesday, Paul J. Diodati, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, announced the closing of  the Nauset Marsh System to shellfishing due to red tide.

This is the first closure notice issued for the 2012 season.

Click on the image to view a larger version of the PSP Closures map issued by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.According to the Division of Fisheries, Paralytic Shellfish Poison toxin or harmful algal blooms, commonly known as "red tide", has been found in the Nauset Marsh System.  Due to these findings, the areas of OC:2 to OC:6 are closed to the harvesting of all shellfish.

Nauset System OC:2 to OC:6 is defined as:

  • OC:2 Nauset Harbor, Eastham/Orleans - The waters, flats and all tributaries of Nauset Harbor in the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, northerly of a line drawn across the mouth of Mill Pond in the Town of Orleans; southerly of a line drawn across  the Middle Channel at the Eastham/Orleans town line; southerly of a line drawn across the southern mouth of the Hemenway River in the Town of Eastham; and easterly of a line drawn across the mouth of Town Cove.
  • OC:3 Mill Pond, Orleans - The waters, flats and all tributaries of Mill Pond in the Town of Orleans, southerly of a line drawn acorss the mouth of Roberts Cove.
  • OC:4 Town Cove, Orleans/Eastham - The waters, flats and all tributaries of Town Cove in the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, southwesterly of a line drawn from Snow Point in the Town of Orleans to the western side of the mouth to the Hemenway River at Fort Hill in the Town of Eastham.
  • OC:5 Nauset Marsh, Eastham - The waters, flats and all tributaries of Nauset Marsh in the Town of Eastham, northerly of a line drawn across the Middle Channel at the Eastham/Orleans Town Line; westerly of a line drawn across the mouth of Nauset Harbor; northerly of a line drawn across the mouth of the Hemenway River at Fort Hill in the Town of Eastham; and easterly of a line drawn across the entrance of Salt Pond in the Town of Eastham.
  • OC:6 Salt Pond, Eastham - The waters, flats and all tributaries of Salt Pond in the Town of Eastham, westerly of a line drawn across the mouth of Salt Pond.

Until further notice, the above areas are closed to the "digging, harvesting, or collecting and/or attempting to dig, harvest or collect shellfish and the possession of shellfish."

The Division of Marine Fisheries has the authority to close local areas to shellfishing according to MA General Laws, Chapter 130, Section 74A and 75.

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