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April 20, 2006

Contact: Darlene Yuhas (609) 984-1795
Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994

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 water quality.

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.

 

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