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DATE: September 25, 2018
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

New Shellfish Harvest Closures in Little Bay and the Bellamy River from October 2018 through March 2019

Concord, NH – Due to recent findings from a multi-year study of water quality impacts from the Portsmouth, NH, wastewater treatment facility, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) announce a change to areas available for shellfish harvest in Little Bay and the Bellamy River.

Effective October 7, 2018, the waters of the Bellamy River, as well as the waters of Lower Little Bay (Fox Point/Durham Point to Dover Point) will be subject to a new seasonal closure for recreational and commercial shellfish harvest. This seasonal closure will be in effect from October 7, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Weather conditions permitting, these waters will reopen for recreational and commercial harvest on April 1, 2019. A similar seasonal closure will be put into effect for the October 2019-March 2020 time period.

This new closure does not affect commercial or recreational shellfish harvesting in the waters of Upper Little Bay (Fox Point/Durham Point to Adams Point) nor the recreational harvest in Great Bay. As always, areas available to harvest are subject to temporary closures due to heavy rainfall, short-term noncompliance at a wastewater treatment facility, and other pollution-related conditions.

Although shellfish harvesters will temporarily lose some opportunities for harvest in the Bellamy and Lower Little Bay areas for part of the next two years, NHDES is pleased to announce an expansion of the areas open for harvest in Upper Little Bay, effective January 1, 2019.

For more information about the multiyear study and its findings, see the closure announcement on the NHDES website at Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

For information about open seasons for various shellfish species, go to

For updated information on what shellfish areas are open for harvest, consult the Clam Flat hotline (1-800-43-CLAMS) and the NH Coastal Atlas



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