Upper Narragansett Bay reopens for shellfish harvesting

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will reopen Conditional Area B in Upper Narragansett Bay for shellfish harvesting.

The area will reopen at sunrise on Saturday, Jan. 28, approximately 4 days earlier than anticipated. Upper Narragansett Bay includes part of Prudence Island. 

The shellfish closure began at sunrise on Wednesday, Jan. 25, following 2.03 inches of rainfall in the Providence area.

A seven-day closure of this area is enacted for Area “B” after one and one-half inches (1.5″) of precipitation.

DEM uses post-storm monitoring data and operational information to determine whether the completion of Phase II of the NBC’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project has improved water quality so that these areas can be opened earlier. The data used to determine this early opening was collected on Thursday, Jan.  26.

DEM maintains a 24-hour shellfishing hotline, providing updates on shellfish closure areas: 401-222-2900.

For more information on DEM divisions and programs, visit www.dem.ri.gov

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