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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: February 19, 2016
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402


PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that Conditional Area A and Conimicut Triangle in Upper Narragansett Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting at sunrise tomorrow; the opening comes four days earlier than anticipated.

The shellfish closure began at noon on Tuesday, February 16 - following significant rainfall and snowmelt in the Providence area. Re-opening is permitted once post-storm monitoring data declares it safe. The data used to determine this early opening was collected on Thursday.

A seven-day closure of these areas is enacted according to the following: Conimicut Triangle after a half-inch (0.5") of rainfall, Area A after eight-tenths of an inch (0.8") of rainfall, and Area B after an inch and a half (1.5") of rainfall. At this time, Greenwich Bay and Mt. Hope Bay and Kickemuit River are closed to shellfishing through noon on Wednesday, February 24.

DEM maintains a 24-hour shellfishing hotline, providing updates on shellfish closure areas: 401-222-2900. For more information on DEM divisions and programs, visit Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) for timely updates.


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