Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
May 19, 2006
To the selectmen and mayors of the following municipalities:
Boston, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield and Duxbury
Ladies & Gentlemen:
The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that bivalve shellfish and carnivorous snails, with the exception of the adductor muscle of sea scallops, from the below-defined area contain Paralytic Shellfish Poison toxin (also known as "Red Tide") from the dinoflagellate Alexandrium (spp.) in excess of the established standards.
Under authority of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 130, Section 74A and 75, the below-defined area is closed to the harvest of bivalve shellfish and carnivorous snails until subsequent examination shows that these shellfish are safe for human consumption.
The below-defined area is CLOSED TO THE TAKING OF BIVALVE SHELLFISH AND CARNIVEROUS SNAILS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE ADDUCTOR OF THE SEA SCALLOP. Digging, harvesting or collecting and/or attempting to dig, harvest or collect bivalve shellfish or carnivorous snails from the below-defined area is prohibited.
Under authority of 322 CMR 7.01(7) all permits issued thereunder are hereby conditioned to prohibit the taking, selling or possession of the above-noted shellfish from the below-defined area.
AREA CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF BIVALVE SHELLFISH AND CARNIVEROUS SNAILS
"The waters and flats of the Commonwealth in the above-listed cities and towns south of
a line drawn from the southern tip of Deer Island in the Town of Winthrop easterly to the
state territorial waters line; southward to and including area MB:2 at the
Marshfield/Duxbury town boundary marker, and, northeast of a line drawn from the
southernmost tip of Deer Island to Point Allerton in the Town of Hull.”
In addition, all remaining PSP closures from 2005 are still in full force and effect.
Paul J. Diodati