2 more RI shellfish areas reopen to harvesting

11/7/2012 9:45 AM
By Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two more Rhode Island shellfishing areas that had been off limits following Superstorm Sandy have reopened.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Wednesday that shellfishing areas in Potters Pond in South Kingstown and the part of Ninigret Pond in Charlestown known as Fort Neck Pond are again safe for harvesting.

The decision came after water quality tests on samples collected earlier this week.

Shellfishing areas in Quonochontaug (KWON'-ah-cah-tog) Pond and portions of Winnapaug Pond and Ninigret Pond were opened Tuesday. Waters of Winnapaug Pond in Westerly will remain closed because of unacceptable water quality.

The department said other areas that had been closed are expected to open on Thursday at sunrise. They include Conimicut (cuh-NIM'-ih-kut) Triangle, Conditional Area A, Greenwich Bay, Mount Hope Bay and Kickemuit River.

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