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Clamming, crabbing ban continues ban at Pecks Bay
By MICHAEL MILLER Staff Writer, (609) 463-6712, E-Mail/Press of Atlantic City

OCEAN CITY - Pecks Bay will be closed to clamming and crabbing for at least three more weeks while the state Department of Environmental Protection awaits lab results.

Agency spokeswoman Elaine Makatura said samples of bay sediment were collected in the water behind Ocean City on Monday and Tuesday.

"The closure to safeguard public health will remain in effect until that analysis is complete," she said.

Workers with the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring developed a rash last week while taking routine water samples. They also reported discolored water and a strange odor on the bay. Pecks Bay runs behind Ocean City from 18th to 34th streets and is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. It feeds into the Great Egg Harbor Bay.

The state banned the harvesting of crabs, clams or finfish in this area.

The shallow bay contains shellfishing areas that are open year-round and others that are open only during the winter. While pollution was one culprit, only the lab tests will say for sure, Makatura said. This bay is home to countless sources of potential contamination, from boaters, lagoon dredging and city sewage to industrial sources such as the B.L. England power plant.

The closure affected more crabbers than clammers in Cape May and Atlantic counties. Pecks Bay has a reputation for being polluted, local clammers said. Woodburn's Clams in Somers Point gets its supplies from as far away as North Carolina.

Most of his clammers work off Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor, said the owner, who did not want his name used
 

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DEP lifts ban on crabbing in O.C. back bay

From Press staff reports

OCEAN CITY - The state will lift a ban today on crabbing and fishing in the resort's back bay.

The Department of Environmental Protection planned to reopen shellfish beds in Peck Bay today after they were closed in May to investigate possible contamination from pollution.

An investigation found no threat to public health, the DEP said.

Labs sampled water in the bay for toxic contaminants, but nothing harmful was found, the agency said. The DEP had banned crabbing and finfishing from Roosevelt Boulevard north to Shooting Island.
 

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That's good news! I haven't caught any infected
stripers this summer, or heard of any either.
NIGHTSTRIKES...did you ever hear anything about
the fish you sent in?
 
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