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September 9, 2005

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NMFS Northeast Regional Office

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NOAA Opens Portion of Federal Waters Closed
by Harmful Algal Bloom
Bivalve Shellfish South of Cape Cod Safe for Consumption

NOAA Fisheries Service has reopened federal waters south of Cape Cod to the harvest of most bivalve mollusks. The waters were closed on June 14 owing to a large harmful algal bloom. The northern portion of the area remains closed to the harvesting of Atlantic surfclams, ocean quahogs, and mussels. The entire area will remain closed to the harvest of whole and/or roe-on Atlantic sea scallops. For the full release, click here.

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