TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Fearing that the heavy rain Hurricane Sandy will bring could pollute waterways where clams, oysters and mussels live, New Jersey has temporarily banned harvesting shellfish until after the storm passes and tests can be done.
The state Department of Environmental Protection issued an order Friday shutting down shellfish beds statewide, fearing that heavy rains will wash harmful bacteria into the water that would then affect the shellfish.
A similar shutdown was done last year as Hurricane Irene approached the state.
The order covers 720,000 acres of shellfish beds. It does not apply to crabs.