PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today the Conimicut Triangle in Upper Narragansett Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting at sunrise tomorrow, Friday December 23. The opening comes more than two days earlier than expected.
The shellfish closure began on Sunday, December 18 – following significant rainfall 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 Tuesday December 20. A seven-day closure of the area is enacted after a half-inch (0.5″) of rainfall.
At this time, the conditional area of Greenwich Bay will remain closed to shellfishing through noon on Sunday, December 25. The waters of Greenwich Bay subject to the seasonal closure are scheduled to reopen at sunrise on Sunday, January 1, 2017.