The NYSDEC has partially rescinded the temporary emergency shellfish closures that were implemented as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  Please see below for the list of normally certified areas where the harvest of shellfish is currently permitted. In addition, the temporary emergency closures that remain in effect in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have been extended through Wednesday, November 21, 2012. A list of the areas that remain closed for the harvest of shellfish is also provided below.

Effective immediately on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the following temporary emergency shellfish closures have been rescinded and the harvest of shellfish, including bay scallops is currently permitted:

Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All the normally certified shellfish lands in Oyster Bay Harbor and that portion of Cold Spring Harbor lying northerly of a line extending northeasterly from the northwestern point of Cooper Bluff (Cove Neck) to the northern side of the Town of Huntington beach pavilion at West Neck Beach.

Town of Huntington: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Huntington Bay, Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor, Centerport Harbor and Lloyd Harbor; all of the normally certified shellfish lands lying north of a line extending northeasterly from the northwestern point of Cooper Bluff (Cove Neck) to the northern side of the Town of Huntington beach pavilion at West Neck Beach.

Town of Brookhaven (south shore): All the normally certified shellfish lands in Moriches Bay and Narrow Bay.

Town of Brookhaven (north shore): All of the normally certified shellfish lands in Port Jefferson Harbor and Mount Sinai Harbor and all of the normally certified shellfish lands in Stony Brook Harbor.

Town of Smithtown: All of the normally certified shellfish lands in Stony Brook Harbor.

Town of Riverhead: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Flanders Bay.

Town of Shelter Island: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Coecles Harbor, West Neck Harbor, West Neck Creek, West Neck Bay, Menantic Creek and that portion of Shelter Island Sound lying southeasterly of a line from Paradise Point on Great Hog Neck (Town of Southold) to Crab Creek Point (Town of Shelter Island), adjacent to the Town of Shelter Island.

Town of Southold: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Flanders Bay, Great Peconic Bay, Little Peconic Bay, Cutchogue Harbor and Hog Neck Bay, lying westerly of a line extending southeasterly from the easternmost point of Cedar Beach Point, on Great Hog Neck (Town of Southold), to the northernmost point of Jessup Neck (Town of Southampton) and excluding all enclosed creeks, coves and harbors along the south shore of Southold; and, all the normally certified areas along the northern shore of Fishers Island, including Hay Harbor, West Harbor and East Harbor.

Town of East Hampton: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Northwest Harbor and Napeague Bay.

Town of Southampton (north shore): All the normally certified shellfish lands in Noyac Bay and that portion of Shelter Island Sound lying southeasterly of a line from Paradise Point on Great Hog Neck (Town of Southold) to Crab Creek Point (Town of Shelter Island); all the normally certified shellfish lands in Moriches Bay and Narrow Bay ; all the normally certified shellfish lands in  Flanders Bay, Great Peconic Bay and Little Peconic Bay, lying westerly of a line extending southeasterly from the easternmost point of Cedar Beach Point, on Great Hog Neck (Town of Southold), to the northernmost point of Jessup Neck (Town of Southampton) and excluding all enclosed creeks, coves and harbors along the north shore of Southampton.

All of the normally certified areas of the Atlantic Ocean, Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay, Smithtown Bay and Long Island Sound (east of Matinecock Point) also remain open for the harvest of shellfish, including bay scallops.

The remaining Temporary Emergency Shellfish Closures have been extended through Wednesday, November 21, 2012, inclusive.  Accordingly, the harvest of shellfish, including bay scallops, is not permitted in the following areas:

Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay (south shore): All that area of Hempstead Bay, East Bay and South Oyster Bay and their tributaries.

Towns of North Hempstead: All that area of Hempstead Harbor lying southerly of a line extending northeasterly from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.

Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): all of the normally certified shellfish lands in Cold Spring Harbor lying south of a line extending northeasterly from the northwestern point of Cooper Bluff (Cove Neck) to the northern side of the Town of Huntington beach pavilion at West Neck Beach.

Town of Huntington: all of the normally certified shellfish lands in Cold Spring Harbor lying south of a line extending northeasterly from the northwestern point of Cooper Bluff (Cove Neck) to the northern side of the Town of Huntington beach pavilion at West Neck Beach.

Towns of Babylon and Islip: All that area of Great South Bay, including tributaries.

Towns of Brookhaven (south shore): All that area of Great South Bay, including Nicoll Bay, Patchogue Bay, Bellport Bay and their tributaries.

Town of Southampton: All that area of Shinnecock Bay and all the enclosed creeks, ponds, coves and harbors along the north shore of  the Town of Southampton, including Red Creek Pond, Squire Pond, Cold Spring Pond, North Sea Harbor, Noyac Creek and Sag Harbor.

Town of East Hampton: All that area of Sag Harbor, Three Mile Harbor, Hog Creek, Accabonac Harbor, Napeague Harbor, Lake Montauk and all other creeks, bay, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of East Hampton.

Town of Southold: All that area of Shelter Island Sound, Southold Bay and its tributaries, Hashamomuck Pond, Pipes Cove, Orient Harbor, Hallock (Long Beach) Bay, Little Bay; and, all other enclosed creeks, coves, and tributaries along the south shore of the Town of Southold, including Richmond Creek, Cory Creek, Cedar Beach Creek, Little Creek, Downs Creek, Haywater Cove, Broadwater Cove and Wunneweta Pond.

Town of Shelter Island: All that area of Shelter Island Sound lying northerly and easterly of a line from Paradise Point, on Great Hog Neck (Town of Southold), to Crab Creek Point (Town of Shelter Island).

Department staff are continuing to conduct shoreline assessments and collecting water samples for bacteriological testing.  The DEC will re-open areas as soon as possible based on the results of the laboratory analyses of water samples.