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Jul 9, 2019 12:10 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Harbor To Close To Shellfishing For Great Bonac Fireworks

Jul 9, 2019 12:59 PM

Three Mile Harbor will be temporarily closed to shellfishing starting on Saturday for the Great Bonac fireworks show.

The closing will begin at sunrise on Saturday, July 13, and continue through Wednesday, July 17.

The temporary ban on taking shellfish is a precautionary measure because there are typically so many boats on the harbor during the fireworks that the potential for sewage discharge—and subsequent contamination of shellfish beds—is higher than usual.

All normally certified shellfish lands in Three Mile Harbor, including the entrance and tributaries, will be closed. They are expected to reopen on Thursday, July 18, unless the event is postponed and the closure is rescinded before then.

Meanwhile, the State Department of Environmental Conservation reminds boaters that a pumpout boat will be available until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday that can be reached at VHF channel 71. The boat is run by the East Hampton Town Trustees.

In addition, the town harbormaster’s office at Gann Road has a self-serve pumpout facility.

Both are available for free. Three Mile Harbor is a designated no-discharge zone.

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