Three conditional shellfish harvesting programs have opened in Oyster Bay Harbor, Dering Harbor and Mattituck Creek. These popular programs allow for harvest of oysters, scallops, mussels and clams from areas usually closed to shellfishing and that have tested negative for harmful toxins.
The areas typically are available during colder months when bacteria levels in the water are lower. DEC’s Bureau of Marine Resources collaborates with towns in Nassau and Suffolk counties to open them to harvesters and is working to establish more conditional harvesting programs for 2013.
For more information, including maps of currently available areas, visit DEC’s Conditional Shellfish Harvesting Programs webpage.