DEC: Shellfishing banned in 2 Southold spots

The state budget crunch is hurting local baymen.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it doesn?t have the resources to test the water in some shellfishing areas. As a result, shellfishing is now banned at Hashamomuck Pond and Mattituck Creek.

The frustration is high among baymen such as Nathan Andruski, who say their state is blocking them from making a living.

State Assemblyman Marc Alessi (D-Calverton) asked the DEC to allow Stony Brook University's Marine Science Department to collect the water data so that baymen could work year-round.

The DEC says because of cuts in staff and a $9 million budget gap, it decided to concentrate its testing on the largest shellfishing areas across Long Island.

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