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Ocean County Shellfish Beds Re-Opened after February Closure

(03/64) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell signed an order today re-opening Barnegat Bay shellfish beds that were closed Feb. 3 due to discharge from a broken sewage main.

The Ocean County Utilities Authority completed repairs to the line April 1, and the DEP allowed the bay waters and shellfish to flush for 30 days. Testing indicates that levels of coliform bacteria are at normal, acceptable levels and the waters are now safe for harvest. The re-opening takes effect Friday, May 2.

A copy of the commissioner’s revocation order and a map are attached.

See Order and Map below.
[PDF Version available; 429 Kb]


James E. McGreevey
State of New Jersey Seal Bradley M. Campbell



Public Notice of 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 from a broken main into the waters of Barnegat Bay in Ocean County, the Department condemned and prohibited the harvesting of all shellfish from those State waters previously classified as Approved and Seasonally Approved in the Barnegat Bay area, specifically:

All waters of Barnegat Bay south of the Mathis Bridge (Route 37) to a line from the northernmost point of land on the mainland located at the northeastern extent of Laurel Boulevard in Lacey Township bearing 105 degrees T to the cupola on Island Beach State Park.

As provided for in the aforementioned prohibition, having determined through sample monitoring that the waters described above are now safe for the harvesting of shellfish, I revoke the prohibition on these waters and return them to their prior classification effective May 2, 2003.



______ [Signed May 1, 2003] __________________

Bradley M. Campbell, Commissioner


The Map

Map of Waters Returned to Normal Classification



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