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Environmental Conservation has reopened

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has reopened shellfishing in the Shinnecock Bay after closing it off April 10. According to the DEC, the 3,600 acres were closed after a biotoxin called saxitoxin was detected. Saxitoxin, DEC officials say, causes causes paralytic poisoning in shellfish.

The decision to reopen the bay to shellfishing comes after the testing of more than 140 shellfish in the western porton of the bay. DEC officials say the samples tested negative for biotoxins.

Approximately 315 acres outside the mouth of Weesuck Creek, however, will remain closed for the harvest of shellfish.

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