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Rehoboth Bay reopens to shellfish harvest

John Lee

State environmental officials reopened Rehoboth Bay to shellfishing after a sewage spill suspended harvesting for three weeks.

DNREC said the shellfish industry was cooperative - ensuring oysters and clams from the bay remain safe to eat.

The 21-day closure was required under federal Food and Drug Administration guidelines for shellfish - which protect the public from viruses and other pathogens associated with wastewater exposure.

The spill occurred December 28th in the Long Neck area of Rehoboth Bay when a residential sewer line was cut.

Rebecca Baer comes Delaware Public Media from The Florida Channel in Tallahassee where she covered state government and produced documentary features for the series, Florida Crossroads.