Menemsha Pond remains closed to shellfishing

Menemsha Pond remains closed to shellfishing

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Menemsha Pond remains closed to all shellfishing. The Division of Marine Fisheries closed the pond because of concern that debris from the Coast Guard Station boathouse fire July 12 may have damaged water quality.

Chilmark executive secretary Tim Carroll said yesterday in a phone conversation that he hopes the pond will reopen for fishing soon.

“Menemsha Pond flushes 96 percent in 48 hours. If there’s something in the water column, it’s gone in two days,” Mr. Carroll said. “But the departments are being very careful. They’re just trying to be cautious and protect the public health.”