Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
June 19, 2007
To the selectmen and mayors of the following municipalities:
Salisbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester-By-The-Sea
Ladies & Gentlemen:
The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) 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. Moon snails (Polinices duplicatus and Lunatia heros) remain closed.
Under authority of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 130, Section 74A and 75, the below-defined area is closed to the harvest of Blue mussels and Moon snails until subsequent examination shows that these shellfish are safe for human consumption.
The below-defined area is CLOSED TO THE TAKING OF BLUE MUSSELS AND MOON SNAILS. Digging, harvesting or collecting and/or attempting to dig, harvest or collect Blue mussels or Moon 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 BLUE MUSSELS AND MOON SNAILS
"The waters, flats and all tributaries in the above-listed cities and towns and those marine waters managed by the Commonwealth from the New Hampshire/Massachusetts state boundary to Gloucester/Manchester-By-The-Sea town line, out to the state territorial waters line.”
Paul J. Diodati
cc: J. Hanlon, R. Arduini, K. Dolan, DELE
D. McKiernan, M. Hickey, DMF
Shellfish Constables of the above Cities and Towns