TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental officials will reopen shellfish beds in Delaware Bay on Monday.
The beds were shuttered just before Hurricane Sandy hit. Officials feared heavy rains might wash harmful bacteria into the water that would affect the shellfish.
DEP Commissioner Bob Martin says the beds from Cape May Point to Lower Alloways Creek will reopen at dawn Monday. The move comes after water monitoring and tissue sampling found no bacteria contamination problems caused by the storm.
The DEP is still reviewing water monitoring data from Atlantic coastal waters, from Barnegat Inlet south to Cape May Point, and will soon decide whether to reopen those shellfish beds.
Beds in the Raritan Bay-Sandy Hook area and in Barnegat Bay, north of Barnegat Inlet, will remain closed until further notice.