Shellfish harvesting closures announced



SEDGWICK — On March 29, the state Department of Marine Resources announced several local seasonal shellfish harvesting closures due to water quality issues.

According to the notice, “Effective immediately, because of seasonal pollution, it shall be unlawful to dig, take or possess any clams, quahogs, oysters, mussels or whole or roe-on scallops (from aquaculture leases with an MOU only) from the shores, flats and waters of the following conditionally approved area(s) during the closed dates”:

• Upper Benjamin River (Sedgwick, Brooklin): north and east of a line beginning at the southern tip of Means Point, running southeast to the northwestern tip of the prominent point of land at the end of Benjamin River Drive (closed May 1 through Aug. 31).

• Whig Island (Deer Isle): east of a line beginning at the eastern tip of Whig Island, running north to a red painted post on the southern point of the prominent point of land on the northern shore of this cove; and east of a line beginning at the eastern tip of Whig Island, running south to a red painted post on the southern shore of this cove (closed July 1 through Sept. 30).

• Pickering Cove (Deer Isle): north and west of a line beginning at the western tip of Big Hay Island, running northeast to the southern tip of the prominent point of land on the northern shore of Pickering Cove; and north and west of a line beginning at the western tip of Big Hay Island, running southwest to a red painted post on a prominent point of land on the southern shore of Pickering Cove (closed June 1 through Sept. 30).

• Crockett Cove (Deer Isle, Stonington): north and east of a line beginning at a red painted post on the shore approximately 250 yards southwest of where the Stonington town line crosses Burnt Cove Road, running southeast to the head of the nearest peninsula in Stonington (closed June 1 through Aug. 31).

• Pretty Marsh Harbor (Mount Desert): north and east of a line beginning at the southern tip of the peninsula at the end of Pirates Cove Lane running southeast to the north side of the first pier on the southern shore of the cove (closed June 1 through Sept. 30).

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