Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
July 7, 2006
Boards of Selectmen of: Duxbury, Marshfield, Scituate, Cohasset
Ladies & Gentlemen:
The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that shellfish, except for Ocean quahogs (Arctica islandica), whole or roe-on Sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus), Channeled and Knobbed whelks and Moon snails (Polinices duplicatus and Lunatia heros), from the belowdefined portions of Massachusetts 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 July 8, 2006, the below-defined portions of Massachusetts Bay will revert to their 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, whole and roe-on Sea scallops and carnivorous snails, (Surf clams are now open to harvest in the below-defined areas) 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.
WESTERN PORTION OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY
Status: Open to Shellfishing (as noted above)
“The waters, flats and all tributaries of those areas in Massachusetts Bay (MB2, 4, 8, 9 and 10)
seaward to the three mile town limits.”
Paul J. Diodati