Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
May 14, 2008
Boards of Selectmen of Eastham and Orleans
Ladies & Gentlemen:
Due to Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) toxin (also known as “Red Tide”) in shellfish and reported elevated phytoplankton levels of the dinoflagellate Alexandrium (spp.), the Division of Marine Fisheries has closed the below-defined Nauset Marsh System.
Therefore, under authority of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 130, Section 74A and 75, the status of the below-defined areas have been changed to "CLOSED TO SHELLFISHING", effective immediately. Digging, harvesting or collecting and/or attempting to dig, harvest or collect shellfish and the possession of shellfish, including carnivorous snails, from the below- defined areas 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 shellfish from the below-defined areas.
OC:2 NAUSET HARBOR, EASTHAM/ORLEANS
The waters, flats and all tributaries northerly of a line drawn east from the northern tip of Weeset Point (at the end of Tonset Road) in the Town of Orleans to the Eastham-Orleans town boundary marker located on the northern-most tip of Tern Island in the Town of Orleans and continuing east to Nauset Beach.
OC:3 MILL POND, ORLEANS
The waters, flats and all tributaries of Mill Pond in the Town of Orleans , southerly of a line drawn across the mouth of Roberts Cove.
OC:4 TOWN COVE, ORLEANS/EASTHAM
The waters, flats and all tributaries of Town Cove in the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, southwesterly of a line drawn from Snow Point in the Town of Orleans to the western side of the mouth to the Hemenway River at Fort Hill in the Town of Eastham.
OC:5 NAUSET MARSH, EASTHAM
The waters, flats and all tributaries of Nauset Marsh in the Town of Eastham, northerly of a line drawn across the Middle Channel at the Eastham/Orleans Town Line; westerly of a line drawn across the mouth of Nauset Harbor; northerly of a line drawn across the mouth of the Hemenway River at Fort Hill in the Town of Eastham; and easterly of a line drawn across the entrance of Salt Pond in the Town of Eastham.
OC:6 SALT POND, EASTHAM
The waters, flats and all tributaries of Salt Pond in the Town of Eastham , westerly of a line drawn across the mouth of Salt Pond.
Paul J. Diodati
cc: J. Hanlon, R. Arduini, K. Dolan, P. Hanlon, DELE
D. McKiernan, M. Hickey, D. Whittaker, DMF
H. Lind, Eastham Shellfish Constable
D. Farber, Orleans Shellfish Constable