Martha’s Vineyard waters reopen to shellfishing

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Updated Jan. 8

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Director David Pierce has announced that as of sunrise on Monday, Jan. 8, all state waters except Nantucket reopened to the harvest of shellfish for direct human consumption.

State waters were closed as of Jan. 4 due to the major coastal storm.

Nantucket waters remain closed indefinitely due to a “catastrophic” sewer-line break that occurred during last Thursday’s storm, which has spilled well over 2 million gallons of raw sewage into the harbor.

State officials posted no advice on how to harvest shellfish through the thick layers of ice that currently top many ponds on Martha’s Vineyard.