Link to DEM Home Page Link to State of RI web site RIDEM graphical banner, showing land and water scene
Navigation button, HomeNavigation button, ProgramsNavigation button, TopicsNavigation button, MapsNavigation button, PublicationsNavigation button, NewsNavigation button, EventsNavigation button, SearchNavigation button, HelpNavigation button, Contact
Home > News > News Item


 
News Release
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

UPPER BAY CONDITIONAL SHELLFISH AREA A AND CONIMICUT TRIANGLE TO REOPEN TOMORROW

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 www.dem.ri.gov. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDEM or on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) for timely updates.

-30-


For General Information 222-6800 • After Hours Emergencies 222-3070 • Disclaimer