Notice of Opened Shellfish Areas

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114
In accordance with Chapter 130, Section 74A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Division of Marine Fisheries has re-examined the waters of Cotuit Narrows (SC:21.1), in the town of Barnstable, classified as “CONDITIONALLY APPROVED” and in the “CLOSED” status based on seasonal water quality changes. As a result of this examination the Division has determined that this below defined area now meets the established criteria for the harvest of shellfish and has changed the status to “OPEN TO SHELLFISHING” as of sunrise on October 1, 2022.
The below defined area may be opened to the harvest of shellfish for direct human consumption subject to local rules and regulations under authority of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 130, Section 52.
Cotuit Narrows
SEASONAL STATUS CHANGE Status: Open To Shellfishing October 1 – June 14
[All Dates Inclusive]
“The waters, flats and all tributaries of Cotuit Bay in the Town of Barnstable, west of a line drawn from Point Isabella to the northernmost point of Grand Island, and east of a line drawn from the southeast end of the pier at #260 North Bay Road to the tip of the boardwalk at 765 Old Post Road.”

The status of the above Conditionally Approved area, SC:21.1 shall automatically revert to “CLOSED TO SHELLFISHING” on June 15, 2023 unless the Division changes the area status prior to said date.

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