Some Rhode Island shellfishing areas closing for season

Shellfish

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -Several shellfishing areas in Rhode Island are closing for the season starting Saturday due to potential water quality impacts associated with marinas and mooring fields.

The harvesting areas will remain closed until Oct. 13, according to the state Department of Environmental Management.

The areas are within Bristol Harbor; Dutch Harbor Area, Jamestown; Fishing Cove, Wickford Harbor; Great Salt Pond and Trims Pond, Block Island; Potter Cove, Prudence Island; and Sakonnet Harbor, Little Compton.

Rhode Island shellfish are much sought-after because of a long history of delivering a high-quality product achieved through diligent monitoring of harvesting waters.

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