The West Harbor section of Oyster Bay Harbor is closed to shellfishing starting at sunrise Sept. 1 and continuing until sunrise Thursday, Sept. 6.
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph G. Pinto said, “During times of heavy boating use, the potential for contamination of shellfish from sewage discharges was greatly increased. West Harbor is one of several locations on Long Island where the DEC implements this strategy over certain holiday periods when an extra high volume of boat traffic is expected.”
The affected area includes all waters of West Harbor, including tributaries, lying east of a line extending northerly from the northwestern-most point of land approximately 600 yards north of Brickyard Point on Centre Island to the western-most point of the beach pavilion at Centre Island Beach on the south side of Bayville Avenue/Centre Island Road and lying west of Centre Island.
Councilman Pinto urged boaters to make use of the Town’s three pumpout stations during the boating season.
“The Town’s free-of-charge pumpout facilities include stationary pumpouts at Theodore Roosevelt Marina in Oyster Bay, Harry Tappen Marina in Glenwood Landing and Tobay Boat Basin on the south shore, and floating pumpouts near the former Jacobsen’s Shipyard and Oyster Bay Marine Supply in Oyster Bay Harbor."
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A taped message advising the public of any shellfishing areas in New York State that are closed is accessible 24 hours a day by calling 1-631-444-0480. Maps of the temporary shellfish closure areas can be found on the DEC web site at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7765.html.