January 24, 2020

RI reopens 2 areas to shellfish harvesting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island environmental officials have reopened two areas to shellfish harvesting.

Conditional Area A and the Conimicut Triangle reopened to shellfish harvesting at sunrise on Saturday. Authorities extended the shellfish closure that was already in place on Oct. 8 after sewage overflowed from the Narragansett Bay Commission’s and the City of Pawtucket’s sewer system.

The state Department of Environmental Management announce on Friday that the decision to reopen the waters to shellfish harvesting is based on results of tests of water samples collected by the Narragansett Bay Commission.

Authorities also lifted a precautionary advisory urging people to refrain from swimming and other contact recreational activities along the Blackstone River downstream of Carnation Street and in the Seekonk River. The advisory expired at sundown on Friday.

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RI reopens 2 areas to shellfish harvesting