The Block Island Times

GSP closed to restock clambeds

Need 10 days to settle in
By Lars Trodson | Jul 12, 2013
Photo by: Stephanie Turaj Clams used to restock the GSP.

All of Great Salt Pond will be closed for clamming for 10 days to restock the clambeds.

The closure began at noon on Thursday, July 11, 2013, and the GSP is scheduled to reopen to clammers at sunrise on July 21, 2013.

On Thursday, the Shellfish Commission received about 30,000 topnecks for the purpose of what is called “restocking the candy shelves.” It looks like a busy clamming season. To date, the Harbors Department has sold almost 1,100 licenses with the expectation that another 1,100 will be sold throughout the summer, according to Commission liaison Lois Bendokas.

Shellfishing on the GSP is allowed from sunrise to sunset.

These topnecks need approximately one week to settle in, said Bendokas, which is why the GSP is closed. The commission has a test site that monitors the clams, and if the commission determines they have settled in sooner, the Pond will be open prior to July 11.

“The Shellfish Commission thanks everyone for their patience and understanding during this process,” said Bendokas.

Information is available through the Harbors Department at 466-3204.

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