Barnstable Re-Opens for Shellfishing

Official statement issued

In accordance with Chapter 130, section 74A of the Massachusetts General Laws, MGL, the Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that those areas on Cape Cod (SC:21-23 and CCB:31 - 34) closed due to excessive rainfall on August 19, 2017, now meet the National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines for an “OPEN” status.

Therefore under authority of MGL, Chapter 130, Sections 74A, & 75 and 322 CMR 7.01 (7) the below-defined areas will revert to their former status prior to the closure of August 19, 2017 effective at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 23, 2017.

Those areas previously classified as “APPROVED” and in the “OPEN” status prior to the August 19, 2017 shellfish closure will revert to their previous status on August 23, 2017 and open to the harvest of shellfish for direct human consumption subject to local rules and regulations under authority of MGL Chapter 130, section 52.

Similarly, those areas previously classified as “CONDITIONALLY APPROVED” and in the “OPEN” status prior to the August 19, 2017 shellfish closure will revert to their previous status on August 23, 2017 subject to the previous status conditions. Areas classified as “PROHIBITED” shall remain closed to the harvest of shellfish for direct human consumption.

STATUS: OPEN TO THE TAKING OF SHELLFISH
“The waters, flats and all tributaries of Cape Cod within the following DSGA’s: SC:21-23 and CCB:31-34) in the Town of Barnstable.”


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