March 15, 2022

Portion of Talbot County waterway reclassified as restricted for shellfish harvesting

March 11th, 2022

BALTIMORE (March 11, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment has reclassified a portion of a waterway in Talbot County to close it to shellfish harvesting.

One hundred and ninety three acres of waters in Irish Creek will be reclassified from conditionally approved for direct shellfish harvesting to restricted for shellfish harvesting. In areas that are conditionally approved, oysters and clams can be harvested at any time with the exception of any rain event of one inch or more, which requires that an affected area be closed for three days and then re-opened unless another rain event occurred during that time. A restricted classification means that no direct harvest of oysters or clams is permitted.


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