Sengekontacket Pond temporary shellfishing ban extended

Sengekontacket Pond temporary shellfishing ban extended

Sengekontacket pond. — Photo by Steve Myrick

A brief rainstorm in the early hours of Thursday morning, July 10, was just enough for shellfish wardens to extend the temporary ban on shellfishing in Sengekontacket Pond, until at least Tuesday, July 15.

Rainfall measured 0.28 percent overnight, according to Edgartown shellfish warden Paul Bagnall.

Sengekontacket Pond was closed on July 5, when Hurricane Arthur delivered heavy rainfall across the Island.

Under an agreement with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), shellfish wardens are required to close the pond to shellfishing in July when rainfall exceeds 0.2 inches. In August, the standard is more lenient: the pond must be closed when rainfall exceeds one inch. In each case, the pond must remain closed to shellfishing for a minimum of five days.

Information about Sengekontacket closings and reopenings is available on the Oak Bluffs web site, by calling the Oak Bluffs Shellfish Department (508) 693-0072, or the Edgartown Shellfish Department (508-627-7570).

Shellfish wardens post red flags and signs at both big bridge and little bridge when the pond is closed.