Clamming in Three Mile Harbor Durell Godfrey
Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton will be temporarily closed to shellfishing from sunrise on Saturday through Wednesday, in anticipation of the annual fireworks show on Saturday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Thursday.
Each year, the D.E.C. bans the harvesting of shellfish on the day of the Great Bonac Fireworks show and for several days after because of increased boating activity in Three Mile Harbor. The D.E.C. said the closure protects public health from potentially contaminated shellfish if boats were to discharge sewage.
The shellfish closure will be lifted on Thursday.
The announcement also serves as a reminder to boaters to use pumpout facilities in the Peconic-Gardiners Bay area, including Three Mile Harbor, because the area is a no-discharge zone. The East Hampton Town Trustees operate a pumpout boat and the town harbormaster’s office at Gann Road has a self-serve facility. Boaters can use marine radio VHF channel 73 to contact the boat. There is no fee for the service.