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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.

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Sengekontacket pond. — Photo by Steve Myrick

Sengekontacket Pond is closed to shellfishing until at least Thursday, July 10. State shellfish regulations require that the popular salt pond be closed following more than 0.2 inches of rainfall.

Hurricane Arthur spared the Island its hurricane force winds, but the storm dumped nearly two inches of rain here. Heavy rains tend to wash pollution into the ponds from the roadways and the surrounding watershed, which may make shellfish unsafe to eat.

Edgartown and Oak Bluffs shellfish wardens have posted signs and raised red flags signaling that the pond, which straddles the two towns, is off limits for shellfishing.

Sengekontacket is scheduled to be reopened on July 10, unless another rainstorm triggers an extension of the closure.

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.