Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
July 9, 2008
Mayors and Boards of Selectmen of the following cities and towns: Braintree, Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Quincy, Weymouth, and Winthrop
Ladies & Gentlemen:
The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that soft-shell clams Mya arenaria from the below-defined area no longer contain biotoxins (Paralytic Shellfish Poison-(PSP)) from the phytoplankton Alexandrium (spp.) in excess of established standards. These areas remain closed to the harvesting of all other shellfish and carnivorous snails with the exception of the adductor of the sea scallop.
Therefore, under authority of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 130, sections 74A and 75 and 322 CMR sections 7.01 (7), 7.02 and 10.00, the PSP closures for soft-shell clams on June 12, 2008 will be rescinded at sunrise on Thursday July 10, 2008 in the below-defined areas. Soft-Shell Clams in areas currently classified as CONDITIONALLY RESTRICTED and with a status of OPEN TO SHELLFISHING FOR DEPURATION are subject to the classification conditions, the Shellfish Purification Plant digging schedule and local rules and regulations under authority of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 130, section 52. All previous bacterial closures remain in effect. Harvesting of all other shellfish and carnivorous snails shall remain prohibited.
Status: Open to Shellfishing for Depuration for Soft-Shell Clams ONLY. These areas remain closed to the harvesting of all other shellfish and carnivorous snails with the exception of the adductor of the sea scallop.
"The waters, flats and tributaries of the Commonwealth in the above-listed cities and towns in Greater Boston Harbor, areas GBH1 through GBH6.”
Paul J. Diodati
cc: J. Hanlon, R. Arduini, K. Dolan, J. Tulik, G. Duncan, OLE
D. McKiernan, M. Hickey, D. Whittaker, J. Kennedy DMF
Constables of the above-listed cities and towns