DEP CLOSES SHELLFISH BEDS
IN BARNEGAT BAY
(06/29) TRENTON -- New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today ordered
the immediate closure of shellfish harvesting in Barnegat Bay, Ocean
County, because treated sewage released from a broken main has degraded
The closure of the beds, located in the western portion of Barnegat
Bay off the coast of Berkeley Township, will protect the public
from consuming potentially tainted shellfish harvested in waters
contaminated by the sewage.
Commissioner Jackson's prohibition on shellfish harvesting will
remain in effect until further notice.
The prohibition on all shellfish harvesting applies specifically
to those waters of Barnegat Bay east of the line beginning at Barnegat
Pier, then bearing approximately 215 degrees T to Quick Green "38"
north of Berkeley Shores, then bearing approximately 221 degrees
T to the most easterly point of land on the south bank of Potter
Creek, then bearing approximately 182 degrees T to the northernmost
point on the pier located on the northernmost point of land at Berkeley
Island Park, then bearing approximately 18 degrees T in a northeasterly
direction to the point of origin and terminating.