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Undertreated wastewater halts shellfish harvesting in part of Delaware Bay

John Lee

The State has closed recreational shellfish harvesting in north Delaware Bay because of possible health risks.


In a release, State Natural Resources officials said Delawareans won’t be able to harvest oysters, clams or mussels for at least three weeks north of the entrance to Mispillion Inlet.


The ban comes after the Kent County treatment plant discharged undertreated wastewater into Murderkill river. Andrew Jakubowitch, the director for Kent County Public Works, said this started in the first week of July. They’ve been working to correct the problem since.


It does not affect legal harvest of crabs and conchs.


Officials warn against swimming in the affected area of Delaware Bay.


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