Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
August 18, 2005
Boards of Selectmen of : Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown
Ladies & Gentlemen:
The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that shellfish, except for Ocean quahogs (Arctica islandica), Sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus), Channeled and Knobbed whelks and Moon snails (Polinices duplicatus and Lunatia heros), from the below-defined eastern portion of Cape Cod Bay no longer contain biotoxins (PSP) from the phytoplankton Alexandrium (spp) in excess of established standards.
Therefore, under authority of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 130, Section 74A, 75 and 322 CMR 7.01 (7) at sunrise on August 18, 2005, the below-defined portion of Cape Cod Bay will revert to its former status prior to the PSP closures of May 26, 2005. Those shellfish areas classified as APPROVED and in the “open “ status to shellfish harvesting are now open to the harvest of shellfish, except Ocean quahogs, Sea scallops and carnivorous snails, (Surf clams are now open to harvest in the below-defined area) for direct human consumption subject to local rules and regulations under authority of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 130, section 52. Commercial surf clamming is also open subject to provisions of 322 CMR, section 6.08. Similarly, those shellfish areas classified as CONDITIONALLY APPROVED are open subject to the classification conditions.
EASTERN PORTION OF CAPE COD BAY
Status: Open to Shellfishing
“The waters, flats and all tributaries of those areas in Cape Cod Bay easterly of a line drawn from Beach
Point on the eastern end of Sandy Neck in the Town of Barnstable to the tip of Long Point in the Town of
Paul J. Diodati
cc: J. Hanlon, K. Dolan, R. Chausse, DELE