Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
December 4, 2007
Boards of Selectmen of: Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield, Duxbury, Plymouth, Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Dennis, Yarmouth, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown, Chatham, Nantucket, Harwich, Edgartown, Tisbury and Aquinnah.
Ladies & Gentlemen:
The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that Moon snails (Lunatia heros and Polinices duplicatus) from the below-defined areas 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 December 10, 2007, Moon snails in the below-defined areas 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 Moon snails 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 are open subject to the classification conditions.
PORTIONS OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY, CAPE COD BAY, OUTER CAPE COD, PLEASANT BAY, NANTUCKET SOUND, NANTUCKET AND PORTIONS OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD
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; all of Cape Cod Bay (CCB:1 – CCB:51); all waters, flats and tributaries seaward to the three mile town limits east of Cape Cod (OC1 – OC10), Orleans and Chatham (SC42 – SC64), Nantucket (NT1 – NT14) and Martha’s Vineyard (V23, 24, 30, 31, 33 and 34); and, all waters of Nantucket Sound (NS1 – NS4)”
Paul J. Diodati
c: J. Hanlon, R. Arduini, K. Dolan, P. Hanlon, DELE
D. McKiernan, M. Hickey, DMF
Constables of the above-listed towns