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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura
609-292-2994

SHELLFISH BEDS REOPEN IN SANDY HOOK BAY

(04/19) TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley Campbell today announced the reopening for shellfish harvesting of part of southeastern Sandy Hook Bay. The area is part of a larger area closed last year in March due to a broken sewage main in Middlesex County.

The sewage main has since been repaired and subsequent sample monitoring results show that these waters are now safe for harvesting. The partial revocation returns the beds to their classifications prior to the closure and is effective March 13, 2004.

A copy of the Notice of Partial Revocation appears below.

James E. McGreevey
Governor

Department of Environmental Protection
Bradley M. Campbell
Commissioner

PARTIAL REVOCATION OF SHELLFISH BED CLOSURE

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
LAND USE MANAGEMENT

Public Notice of Partial Revocation of Condemnation of Shellfish Beds

Pursuant to statutory authority granted the Department of Environmental Protection appearing at N.J.S.A. 13:1B-4 and 58:24-1 et. seq. and because of degraded water quality resulting from the release of sewage in 2003 from a broken main into the waters of the Raritan River in Middlesex County and the resulting impact on the waters of Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, Navesink River and Shrewsbury River in Monmouth County, the Department ordered the condemnation and prohibition of all shellfish harvesting from previously classified Special Restricted and/or Seasonally Approved waters of Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, Navesink River and Shrewsbury River. As a precautionary measure prior to reopening the waters, shellfish tissue samples were collected for heavy metals analysis and elevated lead levels were detected in one sample from Sandy Hook Bay. That portion of Sandy Hook Bay (described below) has remained condemned while further studies of lead levels in shellfish were performed.

Those studies have been completed and, as provided for in the aforementioned prohibition, having determined through extensive follow-up monitoring that the waters of Sandy Hook Bay (specified below) that were previously classified as Special Restricted are safe for the harvesting of shellfish under New Jersey’s Special Permit Program, I revoke the prohibition on these waters and return them to their prior classification effective March 13, 2004. Specifically, this revocation applies to those waters in Sandy Hook Bay that have the following section designations under New Jersey’s Special Permit Program:

Sections 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 10E and that portion of 10D that is south and east of a line from the easternmost extent of the breakwater of the Atlantic Highlands Marina, where it is marked by the navigation marker designated as 'Flashing light 4sec 29ft 7M' (Fl 4sec 29ft 7M) bearing 73 degrees T through the cupola on Sandy Hook that is due east of Spermaceti Cove (see attached map).

 

DATE:__________________   ______________________________

  Bradley M. Campbell
Commissioner

Map of the Sandy Hook Area

 

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