Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
March 9, 2007
Boards of Selectmen and Mayors of: Manchester , Gloucester , Rockport, Essex , Ipswich , Rowley, Newburyport , Newbury and Salisbury
Ladies & Gentlemen:
The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that whole and roe-on Sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus) from the below-defined portions of the towns listed above 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 March 10, 2007, Sea scallops in the below-defined area 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 whole and roe-on Sea scallops for direct human consumption subject to local rules and regulations under authority of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 130, section 52. Similarly, those shellfish areas classified as CONDITIONALLY APPROVED and in the "open" status are also subject to the classification conditions.
GLOUCESTER TO NEW HAMPSHIRE
Status: Open to Shellfishing (as noted above)
"The waters, flats and all tributaries of the Territorial Waters of the Commonwealth out to three miles, from the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border to the Gloucester/Manchester By The Sea town line (N:1 to N:14)."
Paul J. Diodati