SHELLFISH BEDS IN MONMOUTH COUNTY
(03/123) TRENTON - The New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced
the reopening of shellfish harvesting in the Raritan Bay
and Sandy Hook Bay.
The department closed the areas to harvesting
because of degraded water quality resulting from the recent
sewage release due to the power blackout.
DEP water samples show no further impacts
from the discharges in New Jersey's waters. Samples of shellfish
tissue also show that conditions have returned to normal
and the waters are now acceptable for harvesting.
All New Jersey waters that were closed
in response to the August 14 power outage are now reopened.