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Got this in an e-mail today....I know some barners fish this area so please read


May 15, 2004


State DEP closes Peck Bay in Ocean City


By RICHARD DEGENER Staff Writer, (609) 463-6711, E-Mail

OCEAN CITY - The state Department of Environmental Protection on Friday closed Peck Bay to crabbing, fishing and shellfish harvesting after state workers taking routine water samples suffered symptoms of skin irritation.

DEP spokeswoman Elaine Makatura said the workers also noticed odors and discoloration of the water and sediments in the bay that spans part of Ocean City and Upper Township. The agency is conducting tests and also sent sediment samples to the federal Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for further study.

"This is a precautionary closure due to a report of skin irritation by Department of Fish and Wildlife workers. The workers were doing routine sampling for shellfisheries purposes," Makatura said.

The waters collected by the DEP's Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring did not detect any toxic phytoplankton species. Makatura said Pfiesteria, a marine microbe that has been traced to fish kills in some East Coast states, "is not a concern." There are, however, other marine organisms that can cause algal blooms and be irritating to the skin. The waters will be closed "until further notice" pending the results of sediment samples taken from the bay floor.

The closure ordered by DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell begins at the 34th Street Bridge and runs north to an imaginary line crossing the bay from Shooting Island in Ocean City to Golders Point in Upper Township. Campbell had the authority to order the closure to protect the public health from crabs, finfish and shellfish "that may be subject to pollution."

The shallow-bay includes shellfishing areas that are open year-round and some, closer to Ocean City, that are open to seasonal harvesting during the winter. All these areas are now closed to shellfish harvesting. The state does routine water testing partly to make sure shellfish beds are not polluted. It is too early to tell if this is a pollution incident. As of Friday evening, Makatura said the state has no idea what caused the symptoms the workers suffered.
 

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Funny thing is...I was out there today and saw no signs of it being closed...There were alot of boats around!!!....Hmmmmmm
 

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